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Tourism Department allots Zabarwan Park service units in violation of norms
6/18/2019 10:42:43 PM
Saahil Suhail
Early Times Report

Srinagar, June 18: In yet another case of nepotism, the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has floated norms in allotment of prized Zabarwan Park food court and other service units to a private party.
Official documents available with Early Times reveal that the prized property was allotted to a person without holding auction as per norms.
"Zabarwan Park Food Court has been allotted to Firdous Ahmad Bhat s/o Sanaullah Bhat R/o Watapora Payeen, Bandipora," the allotment order reads.
Documents reveal that Zabarwan Park Food Court was allotted to the said person vide letter No Estate30-B/DTK/113 dated 13.05.2019 after he filed an application before the Director Toursim Kashmir for managing the services units in Zabarwan Park.
They also revealed that a report was sought from the resort officer vide letter No. Estate/169/DTK/124 dated 15-05-2019 and the said officer vide letter No ZP/89/DTK/2019 dated 16-05-2019 has recommended that the service units be given to the private party.
Accordingly on 27-05-2019, Director Tourism Kashmir approved the proposal and allotted the service units of Zabarwan Park including food court and entry ticketing for 3 years at a yearly amount of Rs 3.50 Lakh.
Department has also handed over the parking area of Zabarwan Park to the private party.
In allotment order, Director Tourism Kashmir states that the law and order situation has badly hit the tourist service units in Zabarwan Park and as such private parties haven't shown any interest as the auction notice issued by the department has not evoked any response.
However, a group of aspirants told Early Times that the tourism department was benefiting blue-eyed private parties and then they were justifying it by lame excuses.
"We are going to approach Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and will also bring these issues to the notice of Governor Satya Pal Malik," they said. Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Rigzin Samphel assured that he look into the matter.
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