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JK sans tourism policy, unregulated visitors detrimental for environment
9/20/2018 10:51:01 PM
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Sept 20: In absence of any tourism policy, the non-regulation of tourists in Jammu Kashmir would result in severe detrimental impact on environment in the state.
Despite tourism considered backbone for the state economy, the government is yet to formulate any tourism policy.
"We have only few tourist places which are having the requisite infrastructure. But government has failed to regulate the tourists in these places which proves detrimental to our environment," an official of Environment department said.
An official of tourism department said that non-regulation of visitors at tourist destinations could prove detrimental to the state ecology.
"There is tourism policy in every state. The government accordingly decides about the number of tourists to be allowed to a particular destination and month," the official said.
The official emphasized for developing of eco-tourism concept saying, "We have to develop eco-tourism concept in the state and one should go on cycles or ride on ponnies to tourist spots having fragile environment."
It has been seen that thousands of tourists visit tourist places having fragile environment, which leads to degradation of environment mainly due to heavy fleet of vehicles carrying pilgrims and tourists close to these places.
A senior official of Tourism department said the department was to implement the tourism policy in the state which would help to regulate the tourists in the state.
An official report of the Environment department says that the unplanned and unprecedented growth of the tourism industry in the state has resulted in severe detrimental impact on environment in J&K.
It says that the inflow of tourist beyond the carrying capacity of the tourist spots has put tremendous pressure on existing resources and infrastructure.
It has suggested on exploring new destinations which will reduce the pressure on the existing tourist places.
The report says that unregulated tourists increase pollution, creating pressure on drinking water resources, lack of collection and disposal damages the environment and further it creates the problem of accommodation and congestion.
"It will also help to upgrade the infrastructure at tourist destinations with proper water supply, sewage, drainage to ensure that environment is not affected," the official said. "Under this policy, we will be able to regulate tourists to various destinations and make tourism an environment friendly sector."
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