J&K govt advisory for visiting Pahalgam resort

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government has issued an advisory for locals and tourists visiting the resort of Pahalgam asking them to stay away from the Lidder stream.

"To minimise the frequency of accidents in Pahalgham, locals and tourists have been asked to ensure their safety and well being," District Magistrate Anantnag Kifayat Hussain Rizvi said.

The advisory comes after a major accident earlier this week in Pahalgam, 100 kms from here, involving two private cars which skidded off the road and plunged into the stream.

Two persons died, while one is still missing and feared dead in the accident.

The advisory asks the tourists to keep a safe distance from the "ferocious" Lidder river and not to venture into its water at any point.

"Abide by the traffic rules and abstain from overtaking. Both locals and tourists have been asked not to use alcohol and polythene and other plastic objects in the vicinity of the resort," Rizvi said.

Authorities have also instructed educational institutions not to plan their school excursions to Pahalgam on weekends in view of heavy tourist rush.