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Synchronized storytelling with musical water fountain fascinates Jammu residents – The Dispatch

JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today inaugurated the Musical Water Fountain with laser, light and sound show in Bagh-e-Bahu.

The Lieutenant Governor said the musical water fountain with laser, light and sound show is the first of its kind in Jammu region. This innovative project will showcase cultural heritage and take tourism in Jammu to new heights, he added.

The Lieutenant Governor observed that the unique fusion of heritage and modernity developed while keeping in mind the importance of historic Bahu Fort will add to the aesthetics of Jammu City.

Jammu offers divine spiritual and scenic richness. It has vast tourism potential and we are developing 37 offbeat destinations in Jammu Division which will boost the economy and provide a large number of jobs for the people, the Lieutenant Governor observed.

The Lieutenant Governor said the government is working in mission mode to transform the tourism sector in Jammu Division and develop tourist places that have been neglected for years.

Jammu is a treasure trove of culture, spirituality, tradition and literature. The beauty of Jammu Division is truly mesmerizing and tourists have many scenic spots to explore, the Lieutenant Governor observed.

For many decades, the tourism potential of Jammu Division remained untapped. Over the past two and a half years, our efforts such as the Ropeway Project; The retirement ceremony in Suchetgarh, the winter carnival and Lit-Fest in Patnitop and the strengthening of infrastructure in various other districts are paying dividends. We are committed to developing the Jammu region as a favorite tourist destination and creating huge employment opportunities for the youths, the Lieutenant Governor said.

As we celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Jammu and Kashmir under the leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is heading for unprecedented development in all sectors. Our efforts will continue to bring UT’s culture and history to the world stage, observed the Lieutenant Governor.

Calling connectivity a fundamental requirement to develop any tourist destination, the Lieutenant Governor said under the leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister that an amount of one lakh crore rupees is spent on highways, tunnels and related infrastructure to bring J&K closer to the rest of the world.

Infrastructure and road construction projects have accelerated in Udhampur, Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Ramban, Doda, Samba, Kathua and Jammu. The construction of the long-awaited Delhi-Amritsar-Katra highway will give a boost to tourism in the region, he added.

The Lieutenant Governor said more tourist sites and facilities are being developed to provide a much wider choice for tourists.

The J&K government, along with the world’s leading travel technology platform, OYO Group, recently launched the rural homestay to encourage micro-entrepreneurs in rural areas. Special financial assistance of Rs 50,000 will be granted to young people willing to establish a reception unit, he added.

The Lieutenant Governor said the constant efforts of the UT government have started yielding results with a record 26 lakh tourists and devotees who came to Jammu in September-October last year.

Tourism brings infrastructure development, better management of services, eliminates socio-economic imbalances, increases employment opportunities and develops the business sector, the lieutenant governor said.

Under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, the Honorable Prime Minister had given 37 projects worth Rs 197 crore for Jammu division alone, of which 35 projects have been completed. Two other projects, which include Rs 80 crore worth of Maantalai’s Wellness Center and Bhagwati Nagar’s Amusement Park, will be completed by March this year.

Similarly, many projects for the Jammu division have been submitted to the central government under the PRASAD programme. Two projects have won approval from the Union Ministry of Tourism – the pilgrimage facility at Katra at a cost of Rs 51.5 crore and the Shiv Shakti Dham and Choti Ganga tourism project at a cost of Rs 38 crore. We also approved the plan to complete 400 projects under CAPEX this year, noted the Lieutenant Governor.

The Lieutenant Governor stressed the need to expand outreach efforts under the Central Government’s Dekho Apna Desh and Tourism for All, in addition to the UT Government’s tourism promotion programs to maximize awareness. potential tourist areas of Jammu division. Special attention should be given to promoting local products and maintaining cleanliness in all tourist places, he added.

The Lieutenant Governor congratulated the Department of Tourism, the District Administration and the people of Jammu for the new tourist attraction.

Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Chander Mohan Gupta, Mayor of JMC, called the occasion historic. He said the first of its kind initiative will change the tourism landscape of Jammu region.

Ch. Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member of Parliament, said the musical fountain project will prove to be a milestone for tourism in Jammu.

Ch. Sarmad Hafeez, Administrative Secretary of the Department of Tourism, in his welcome address, informed that the facility, which cost Rs 10.8 crore, with a seating capacity of 400, will provide a unique experience for locals and to tourists.

Ch. Vivekanand Rai, Director of Tourism, Jammu gave the vote of thanks.

People from all walks of life flocked to Bagh-e Bahu to witness the first laser and musical show on the water. The historical narration about Jammu and the patriotic tunes synchronized with the musical water fountain received a huge round of applause from the crowd.

Sh Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Health and Medical Education; Sh Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor; Sh Mukesh Singh, ADGP Jammu; Dr. Raghav Langer, Jammu Divisional Commissioner; Ms. Purnima Sharma, Deputy Mayor JMC; Sh Anshul Garg, DC Jammu, representatives of the public, senior officials attended the inaugural ceremony.

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