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Wullar Festival adds life to its environs

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Div Com urges people to register for home stays

Bandipora: To promote Wullar Lake as one of the prime tourist destinations in Kashmir, the Bandipora district administration on Wednesday organised the Wullar festival at Wullar Vantage Park Garoora.
The event was organised in collaboration with Wullar Battalion of Army, Tourism Department and WUCMA and witnessed much fanfare.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole was the chief guest on the occasion.
In the introductory session, Joint Director Planning Bandipora, Imtiyaz Ahmad said that the event is meant for twin objectives of promotion of sustainable economic upliftment and tourism. He said Wullar is not only a tourist destination but an asset to engage thousands to earn their livelihood.
Various cultural and musical items were presented by different bands and groups who received huge applause from the audience.
Addressing the gathering, the Div Com said that the aim of organising the Wullar Festival was to promote Wullar as a prime tourist destination besides providing a platform to local artists to showcase their talent.
He said such festivals shall attract more tourists and help in upliftment of socio-economic status of people of the district.
Pole said the aim of the Wullar festival was fulfilled by witnessing the enthusiastic and huge participation of people.
He said on an average one tourist gives a job to at least six persons and Wullar has the potential to change the socio-economic condition of the people.
He said about 20 lakh tourists visited UT this year so far and the rush will continue throughout the year.
The Div Com urged the people to get registered for homestays as tourists prefer home stays to enjoy rich cultural heritage. He urged people to spare surplus rooms for tourists and earn livelihood.
During inspection of stalls of various departments, the Div Com also distributed cheques of cash assistance among beneficiaries of various Government Schemes.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Owais Ahmad appreciated the efforts of WUCMA for dredging critically silted 4.35 sq.kms of Wullar Lake till date out of 27 sq.kms silted area on way to restoring its old glory.
Dr. Owais said the festival will also promote awareness about the importance of the lake, the Ramsar convention and the ecosystem services which the lake provides.

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