On Monday when senior Congress Minister Raman Bhalla visited Bahu Fort area and participated in the Navratra celebrations and also performed Surya Putri Aarti on the banks of river Tawi he claimed that Bahu Fort is emerging as favorite tourist destination.
Ironically when it comes to developing the area to attract more tourist traffic the state govt departments are lacking in enthusiasm and the spirit to develop the area.
The construction of darshani deodi near Kalika colony is still hanging in balance and gives a shabby look to the entire area. Resting points erected in the area remain out of bound for visitors as they ar emostly occupied by the stray animals.
Despite all possible efforts the work on the beautification of the general area and development of park has been put on the back burner and cosmetic efforts were being made to develop the area.
Addressing the pilgrims, Raman Bhalla said that Government is taking up several steps to develop Bahu Fort area which is one of the fast emerging pilgrims destination in the State by providing modern lines way side facilities to the visitors.
Cabinet Minister Raman Bhalla Monday announced the state govt has dedicated Rs. 1 crore LED lights to tourists at Bahu Fort which will facilitate the visitors besides giving aesthetic look to this historical destination.
He said that Government has earmarked Rs. 45 lakh for illumination of outer periphery area of Bahu Fort and Rs. 55 lakh for inner area of the Maha Kali Mata temple, adding that in the first phase, 105 LED focus lights for illumination of outer area of the Bahu Fort has been dedicated to the visiting tourists today.
The Phase-II 130 LED lights in inner area of the Maha Kali temple would be inaugurated soon after completion of other allied works under the project.
For increasing tourist and pilgrims influx in Bahu Fort area, the Minister said the Central Government has recently approved a proposal involving Rs. 5 crore for installation of laser show on Shri Mata Vaishno Devi at Bahu Fort, adding that it would be installed soon by Tourism Department.
Mr. Bhalla further informed that Government has approved Rs. 80 lakh for construction of Jorah Ghar, langer space and modernisation of ancient fountain in Maha Kali Temple besides restoration of pristine glory of Bahu Fort. He said work on the projects are under progress on war-footing and would be completed within stipulated time frame.
The Minister asked the accompanying officers of Tourism and Culture Department to display the history of Dogra rulers at prominent places at Maha Kali temple for the knowledge of devotees. He asked for establishing a Photo Gallery at Balidan Stambh near Bahu Fort dedicated to army jawans who sacrificed their lives for the nation.
For boosting tourism in Bahu Fort area, the Minister said that Government has created facilities for pilgrims and tourists like recreational garden, aquarium, balidan stumb,landscaping, view points, tug shop, toilet blocks, fencing, illumination, drinking water.