Provide quality service to tourists: Omar to `pony-wallas`
Tangmarg: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday expressed his displeasure over the reports of uncalled pressure tactics by the `pony-wallas` on tourists at the famous hill resort of Gulmarg. He said such a behaviour is against the traditional hospitality of the Valley.
The Chief Minister said the hospitality and high quality service to tourists which has remained the traditional trait of the people of the Valley, should be maintained under all circumstances and its impact should be visible from the faces of visitors.
"We have reports that there are about 7,000 Pony-wallas operating in Gulmarg as against 1,500 registered. Their functioning and treatment with the tourists is not upto the standard as should have been.
"We could have not allowed the unregistered ones to work but for their livelihood government is not taking this step. However, it should not mar the basics of tourism trade and create bad impression in the minds of visitors," Omar said after inaugurating Drungi Micro Hydro Power Project on Ferozpur Nallah, 45 kms from Srinagar.
"If it goes unchecked the day will come when tourists do not like to visit Gulmarg," he said and asked Pony-wallas and others in tourism trade to sit with the concerned government departments and work out strategy and situation where they could earn their livelihood respectfully as also earn the most required good will of the tourists.
"Honesty and high manners should remain the character and characteristic of every stakeholder in tourism and tourist trade to help its flourishing and strengthening.
"Your impact and well behaviour should encourage visitors to visit here again and again", Omar said, adding, the income earning from tourist sector is the right of all but it should not be at the cost of the name and fame of the State.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Over 60 cadets killed in Pakistan police academy attack
- DNA: Terrorists' new strategy of snatching weapons from Indian security personnel
- Watch: PM Narendra Modi's ''progressive'' remark on triple talaq
- Panel discussion over vote bank politics on Hinduism
- Panel discussion over delayed development in Ayodhya
- Explosion in Delhi's Naya Bazar, one killed; anti-terror wing, Special cell at spot
- WATCH: Akhilesh Yadav's emotional speech revealing the real reason behind Samajwadi Party crisis; he was about to cry
- India vs New Zealand: Awestruck Kiwis witness MS Dhoni driving his Hummer in Ranchi, and photo goes viral
- Lashkar-e-Toiba claims responsibility for Uri attack in posters pasted in Pakistan town
- Naya Bazar explosion: Home Ministry seeks report from Delhi Police; one dead, 5 injured