Srinagar: A house committee of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council has directed the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) to evict officers staying in its
tourist huts so that they could be used to generate revenue.
Chairman of the Subordinate Legislation Committee of the Council expressed satisfaction over the performance of Tourism Department and TDC but asked them to get the huts and other assets vacated from the officers in order to generate revenue, as these huts were constructed for tourists, an official spokesman said, after a meeting of the committee here yesterday.
The Committee headed by Bashir Ahmad Magray, also asked the Tourism Department officers to update the Tourist Trade Act. It also asked them to constitute a coordination committee of Tourism, JKTDC, Forest and its allied departments headed by Commissioner-Secretary Tourism department.
The Committee called for rationalisation in distribution of funds to all Development Authorities existing in the state, including Kargil Development Authority. It also stressed on preservation of heritage places.
The Committee asked the JKTDC and Tourism department authorities to furnish detailed report about the revenue and expenditure incurred on maintenance of huts, restaurants and cafeterias.
The Committee asked, the Tourism department to furnish the lists of registered hotels, house boats, guest houses and restaurants for its examination.
It also asked, them to submit details of grievances and cheating cases with the tourists from time to time registered by the department and action taken report in this pursuit for its examination.
The Committee was informed that a record number of six lakh tourists visited the Valley this year.