Jahangeer Ganaie

Picturesque Panner dam in Tral awaits official attention

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Pulwama: A mesmerizing dam popularly known as Panner dam in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district awaits official attention.

Panner dam currently completely frozen, is covered by green forests all around which is adding to the beauty of this dam where local tourists have been visiting but facing problems due to official neglect, locals allege.

According to locals, it has a good potential to be developed as a tourist spot, however, the dam continues to be neglected by authorities.

They said that the dam besides being source of irrigation for nearby paddy fields of Panner Jageer, Mandoora and its adjacent areas, has picturesque scenery and attracts tourists as well as locals during summer season

They said that the dam is completely frozen and some local tourists have been visiting there, but unfortunately the visitors feel dejected as they encounter lack of facilities at the spot.

“The dam was without an accessible road which gives tough time to visitors. A road was recently developed, which is now waiting for government attention so that it could be made motorable,” a local said.

He said that no attention is being provided to keep the water body and area around it  clean besides that there are no parking facilities available for tourists.

Zahoor Ahmad, another local said that no residential quarters besides other facilities are available due to which the visitors suffer.

He said that government earlier announced that area will be brought under tourism map but so far nothing has been done.

The locals said that they have brought the issue into the notice of higher ups several times but to no avail.

They said that if this area will be brought on tourism map, it will help in generation of employment opportunities for locals and government can generate good revenue as well.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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