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SRINAGAR: The tourism in Kashmir valley is witnessing a turnaround with fresh snowfall in December last year and January this year luring more tourists to visit Kashmir. According to tourism department, as many as 40,000 tourists in last two months visited Kashmir. For December 2018, the footfall was around 28,000 while for January it was close to 13,000 Moneycontrol reported.

In addition, tourism department organises campaigns across India to promote winter tourism in Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir witnessed a sharp decline in the number of tourists last year with 8.5 lakh domestic and foreign tourists visiting the Valley. This has been the lowest footfall in Kashmir in the last seven years – a decline of 23 percent from 2017. Judging in terms of occupancy in hotels, it has been in the range of 10-20 percent in the last two years.

However, a good winter and the tourism department’s efforts seem to be bearing fruit. The Valley is seeing a rise in adventure tourism, and it is emerging as a destination for weddings with hotels and guest houses filled full capacity. Kashmir distinguishes itself in terms of adventure tourism courtesy 'white gold'– the fresh snow in the Himalayan state. In India, there are only three acknowledged areas for skiing, the largest being Gulmarg in Kashmir.

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REASI: Targeting the plantation of more than one lakh plants in Trikuta Hills in next 30 days a mega plantation drive was  launched today in the district Reasi from Panthal. District Development Commissioner, Dr Doifode Sagar Dattatray started the event from the Community facility Center Panthal in an impressive function.

ACD Reasi Dr Sunil Sharma, DFO Reasi  Anil Kumar ,SDM Katra Ashok kumar Choudhary, DPO Reasi Parvinder Kour, Chief Horticulture Officer Reasi,Tehsildar katra Sunil Sharma, BDO Katra Sanjeev Sharma,Floriculture Officer katra , Principal and staff of Higher Secondary Panthal, large number of students, PRI members and locals were present on the occasion.

Around 3000 plants of different species were planted in today across the District. The event was organised by Rural Development Department Reasi as a part of MGNREGA to encourage green cover in the district in coordination with forest Department Reasi. While speaking on the occasion, the DC called upon the students and locals to come forward to spread the message of protection of green cover and encourage more population to actively participate in plantation for human prosperity.

Our target is to plant 100000 lakhs in next 30 days in Trikuta Hills added DC Reasi. He highlighted the role played by trees in preventing landslides, recharging the ground water level and preventing soil erosion. DC also spoked on Beti Bachayo Beti Padhayo and Swachh Bharat. He stressed on the importance of education for girls and said that an educated girl can contribute both towards the progress of family as well as country.The DC laid focus on the various Government schemes launched for the welfare of girls and urged them to avail benefits of these schemes.

Stressing on the famous saying 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness, DC urged all to cooperate with the administration in making the district clean and open defecation free. ACD Reasi speaking on the occasion said RDD Reasi will carry the program launched by DC with message of planting & preserving more and more trees.  Our focus will be to ensures community participation in this drive.

A large number of locals and students took active part in planting saplings at CFC Panthal and at katra.  On the occasion awareness about Beti Bachayo Beti Padhao program and swachh Bharat Mission (grameen) was also presented by students of Govt Higher Secondary School Panthal which was highly appreciated by audiences. At the end all participants also took the Swachhta pledge. The staff of RDD and PRIs also involved in clean-up drives later on this day and they cleaned the premises of panchayat offices and BDO offices.

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JAMMU: Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Kumar today said that more than 75 percent of roads in Jammu Division have been cleared and rest will be restored within two to three days which were blocked due to heavy snowfall and incessant rains. IG Traffic Alok Kumar, IGP Jammu Manish K Sinha and Deputy Commission Jammu Ramesh Kumar were also present on the occasion.

He said that about 1400 kilometre PMGSY roads in Ramban, Doda, Kistwar, Rajouri, Poonch and adjoining areas have been cleared out of 1700 kilometer along with 808 kilometre of PWD roads out of 1100 kilometre while work is in progress to clear the rest of the roads. The Div Com informed that more than 4 thousand vehicles have crossed the tunnel which were stranded due to bad weather conditions. He said that adequate number of men and heavy machinery including snow-cutter and JCBs have been deployed to clear the roads obstructed due to land slide.

He informed that there is adequate supply of ration, LPG, medicine, petrol and other essential commodities in snow prone areas. He further informed that thousands of stranded passengers have been airlifted from Jammu to Srinagar and from Doda and Kishtwar to Jammu in cases of emergency. Div Com further said that 90 per cent of power supply has been restored which was affected due to heavy snowfall in Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar and rest will be reinstate within 2 days.

He appreciated the work done by the officers of traffic, police and SDRF along with other concerned departments in providing timely relief to the stranded passengers. The Div Com appealed the people to be patient and calm as the administration is working hard to provide all necessary facilities to the affected people besides ensuring them smooth supply of essential commodities. He said that administration needs support of people to serve them better in these adverse climatic conditions.