Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Saturday said that the upcoming G20 Meeting would give a boost to the tourism sector and also attract more investments to the union territory.
He said J&K Government with the active support and participation of the people, is all geared up for the G20 meeting.
” The successful conduct of the G20 meeting will boost the tourism and investment flow in the UT. The world will also witness the culture and warm hospitality of Jammu Kashmir,” Sinha told reporters after inaugurating the Jhelum Rajbagh Riverfront in Srinagar.
“ I also thank Prime Minister Narendera Modi for choosing J&K for the grand event,” the LG said.
The third G20 Tourism Working Group meeting will be held from May 22- 24 in Srinagar. This is the first major international event being hosted in Jammu and Kashmir since its special status was scrapped in 2019 and the erstwhile state was downgraded into two union territories.
At the inauguration event of the Riverfront, the Lt Governor congratulated the people for the majestic waterfront.
Lieutenant Governor said Srinagar Smart City has transformed the Rajbagh Riverfront stretch into a world-class public space and strengthened the river-people connect. It is also a strong indicator of the rapid growth of J&K.
“Jhelum Rajbagh riverfront is a model of urban excellence and it will enhance the quality of life of the citizens, contribute to socio-economic growth and provide much needed support in developing cultural & business infrastructure,” the Lt Governor said. We are developing smart infrastructure that will preserve the cultural heritage and also unlock the huge untapped potential of the river, he added.
Lt Governor lauded the efforts of Srinagar Smart City Limited for developing the 6 km-long stretch of the Rajbagh Riverfront into a world class public space with facilities like walkways, cycling, green space, free wifi, universal access and numerous activities along the way. In the near future, a library and cafe will also be developed. The work on other side of the river will start soon, he added.
Srinagar city evolved and flourished around the water bodies, which contributed to the prosperity of society, local economy and the culture. However, due to neglect and degradation over the period of time, the restoration of this priceless heritage was need of the hour and I am sure it will contribute to living standards of people and boost the local economy, he further added.