The constantly declining tourist traffic to the state of Jammu and Kashmir does not augur well for the hotel industry, tour operators and Taxi drivers who rely on their footfalls to earn their livelihood.
Floods in Jammu Kashmir is adversely affecting the tourism industry, tour operators, hoteliers, taxi drivers in need of help
Since the first week of September 2014 the state is witnessing steep decline in the tourist traffic to various destinations in the state.
Even the average number of pilgrims flocking the Katra base camp to perform special prayers in the bhawan shrine during Navratra festival is declining as compared to previous years.
Anticipating less rush of tourists in the coming months in the wake of complete destruction of tourist infrastructure on the banks of Dal Lake and at various other locations the tour operators with advance bookings have been forced by circumstances to cancel their bookings.The hotels in Pahalgam and Gulmarg area of Kashmir are also recording cancellations in advance as tourists have developed cold feet in the aftermath of ravaging floods.
Thousands of Taxi service operators who thrive on the tourists to earn their livelihood are the worst sufferers. We are worried about our future as we are not earning enough money for last one month to run our houses and repay our loans, aggrieved Taxi operators told Jammu Redefining at Jammu Railway station.
President of the Taxi Operators Union Davinder Choudhary urged the state govt to treat them at par with the Kashmir based tour operators and Taxi drivers and compensate them adequately to ensure they survive the bad times.