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Chennai-Nashri tunnel, another hurdle in making Jammu an independent tourist destination

YoungBites. Dated: 4/21/2017 11:04:53 AM

SUBODH BHASIN Jammu, Apr 20 With the advancement of roads and technology being used to cut off the distance between the location shadows of creeps surely effects the livelihood as such in happened in and around Patnitop. Patnitop is a hilltop tourist location in Udhampur district on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, 112 km from Jammu. Situated on a plateau in the Shivalik belt of the Himalayas while the river Chenab flows in close proximity to this location. No doubt South Asia’s longest Chenani-Nashri had brought relief to thousands of people traveling on Srinagar-Jammu highway but business and hoteliers of Patnitop, and its adjoining tourist places are affected and fears loss of livelihood. The tunnel which have shortened the travelling distance from between Jammu & Kashmir Valley but ironically hoteliers and other establishments whose livelihood was dependent on thousands of tourists passing through the area are facing isolation. Chenani-Nashri road tunnel was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 2. The opening of tunnel relieved many especially the truckers, taxi and bus operators, who used to get stuck up on the highway either due to landslide or heavy snowfall in winter but simultaneously, left the hoteliers at Patnitop dejected as it hampered the hospitality industry.
The famous Kud town which throughout the day was seen busy in selling its main sweet products including the most delicious, buttery, ghee-soaked patisa now present gloomy look
Talking to the Young Bites, hotel operators said that with the opening of tunnel there is tremendous decline in bookings and now the day is not far when we will be unable to run this business anymore. “Moreover we have asked much of our employee to find another job” he added.
The plight of small scale shopkeepers and vendors is also not much different as now they are facing hard to meet their both ends meet as most of the vehicles choose Nashri Tunnel which has reduced the travel time between the two state capitals of Jammu and Srinagar by two-and-a-half hours instead of passing through this area. Before the opening of this tunnel thousands of vehicles pass through the area and either tourist stay in hotels or used to halt at this favorable junction but now the decline is almost 70 percent.
Shopkeepers and hoteliers allege that successive government has miserably failed to develop this tourist destination. Although there were several big announcements like rope way project but nothing is visible on ground.
It seems that this tunnel should be another hurdle in making Jammu an independent tourist destination.


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