In a major step to revive tourism in Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities have decided to lift the advisory. In its advisory, the government had asked tourists to leave and not to visit Kashmir.
A high-level situation-cum-security review meeting, headed by Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, was held on Monday during which it was decided that the advisory will be lifted from October 10.
Those associated with the tourism sector in Jammu and Kashmir have welcomed the move and hoped that more tourists will visit the Valley after the announcement.
“We are happy that this advisory has been lifted but we hope that government of India does more to remove the fear among the tourists regarding the situation in Kashmir valley,” says Mohammad Hafiz Shalla who is involved in the tourism sector in Srinagar.
Shalla hopes winter tourism to bring people from India and across the globe to enjoy the hospitality Jammu and Kashmir offers. Few tourists have been visiting despite the advisory, most from Malaysia, Singapore and other parts of India.
“I have been in Srinagar from the last two days and we didn’t feel any insecurity. People here are warm and welcoming. Other people who are hesitant should change their mind,” says a young couple from Varanasi.
Although the Governor has been holding these meetings on a daily basis for almost two hours, sources say that Monday's meeting was an important one as several issues, regarding providing public transportation and opening schools, colleges and universities, were discussed at length.
“The main agenda of the meeting was reviewing the security scenario following the imposition of restrictions after constitutional changes that were made,” authorities said.
During a high-level situation-cum-security review meeting on Monday, it was decided that the advisory will be lifted from October 10.