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Srinagar31 minutes agoAuthor: Zafar Iqbal

  • According to a report, the economy of Kashmir was allocated Rs 17,800 crore between August and October 2019. Was lost
  • A total of 4.9 lakh jobs were lost, out of which 1 lakh 40 thousand 500 people lost jobs in the tourism sector, 9,191 crore. Was lost

Tourism in Kashmir is slowly coming back on track. As winter is increasing, the number of tourists coming here is also increasing. Snowfall has started here last week and tourists have started coming. This is good news for Kashmir. Because tourism is the backbone of the economy here.

Shalini, a resident of Chandigarh and her fianc√© Sonu, chose Kashmir for the pre-wedding shoot. Both of them believe that this beautiful place cannot be any more for them. Both reached Dal Lake on Tuesday and did a photo shoot there. Shalini says, ‘I love the weather in Kashmir. It was my dream to see Dal Lake, which was fulfilled.

There is no better place for photography than Kashmir

8 people and Kashmiri have come with Shalini. Regarding the danger of corona, he says that life cannot be tied to fear of virus. Rajkumar, who came with him for a photo shoot, says- There cannot be a better place than Kashmir from a photographer’s point of view. For us, we earn only two months in a year. Last year a lot of damage was caused by the lockdown.

Most couples like to come to Kashmir for pre and post-wedding shoots.

Most couples like to come to Kashmir for pre and post-wedding shoots.

Business related to tourism was closed for a year

On August 5 last year, before the removal of Article 370, the government issued advisory for outsiders to leave Kashmir. At that time more than 5.2 lakh laborers and students had left from here. This caused a lot of damage to the economy of Kashmir. After the removal of article 370, phone and internet service in Kashmir remained closed for months. The government withdrew the advisory after three months, but the tourists did not return.

The valley has a double lockdown due to Corona

Mohammad Ismail is among the hundreds of people who run Shikara in Dal Lake. These people are still sitting empty. They say- I have been running Shikara since childhood, but never seen such a bad phase before. Photographs of tourists leaving Kashmir in August last year bother them. It was expected that soon everything would be back on track, but then in March, the corona led to a lockdown. The hopes of thousands of people like Ismail were destroyed.

Snowfall has started in Kashmir only last week, with this the tourists have started reaching here.

Snowfall has started in Kashmir only last week, with this the tourists have started reaching here.

Declaration of government help was inadequate

The Jammu and Kashmir government had announced a thousand rupees for those who run Shikara for three months. Ismail says – what is going to happen in a thousand rupees. We want the complete package, so that our needs can be met. Thousands of cab drivers and tour operators are also facing double lockdown along with shikara drivers.

Riyaz Ahmed, 45 years old, bought a tourist cab while watching the Amarnath Yatra. He had raised 10 lakh rupees. Also took a loan of 9 lakh rupees from the bank. He hoped that his business would run after the journey started and would earn well. But two consecutive lockdowns destroyed his plans.

200 taxi drivers from Srinagar become unemployed

Riyaz says- I could not fill the EMI of 20 thousand rupees due to loss of earnings. This was the worst period for me. Earlier every day, around Rs 2500 was earned. But, after 5 August 2019, not even a single rupee was earned. More than 200 taxis operate on Boulevard Road in Srinagar. Most of them have been without work since 5 August. According to a taxi driver, the taxis used to generate revenue of around Rs 5 lakh, which is now zero.

Raju is a cab driver. He says- After more than a year, we have come to Kashmir with a tourist. It looks good that the tourists are coming here slowly. We want the business to be restored. The vaccine is necessary to avoid corona. Lockdown is not a solution.

17 thousand 800 crore loss to economy

According to the report released in December last year by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI), the economy of Kashmir suffered a loss of Rs 17,800 crore between August and October in 2019. About 4.9 lakh jobs have been lost. There was a loss of Rs 9 thousand 191 crore in the tourism sector itself and 1 lakh 40 thousand 500 people have lost their jobs.

Local organizations helping people

The Houseboat Welfare Trust is a charity that helps about 600 boaters every month. The owner of two house boats and a guest house, Tariq Paltu works as a volunteer for the charity. They say that people associated with our trust are set outside Kashmir and in other countries. We used to distribute food packets at night.

Tariq says that there is good news for people associated with Kashmir tourist business that now people are coming here. However, growing cases of corona are also feared that the brakes will not brake again at this pace. The government should take initiative to restore tourism in Kashmir. Awareness programs should be started, so that people feel that Kashmir is safe for them.

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