J&K govt to set-up expert committee to promote eco-tourism

Jammu and Kashmir government will constitute an expert committee to tap the potential of eco-tourism in the state, a minister said on Saturday.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2010, 18:01 PM IST

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government will constitute an expert committee to tap the potential of eco-tourism in the state, a minister said on Saturday.

"The state government would constitute a committee of experts to recommend measures to promote eco-tourism in the state. Eco-friendly products have already been introduced at various tourist spots," Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora said.

Jora was speaking at the 8th University Symposium on `Tourism and Environment: promoting Eco-tourism` organised by University of Jammu in collaboration with Confederation of India Industry and Association of India Universities.

A well knit strategy needs to be evolved through coordinated efforts of various departments he said, adding locals also have a pivotal role in this regard.

The minister said that government is providing incentives for development of eco friendly infrastructure at various tourist destinations, adding that development of log huts and paying guest houses concept is being encouraged in a big way.

In this connection, he referred to construction of eco-huts in Dera-ki-Gali in Poonch and Gurez.

PTI