SHOPIAN — In order to provide better facilities to the tourists and other travellers on the Mughal Road, the government has proposed several facilities the work on which is expected to start soon.
Mohammad Jahangir Hakeem, Executive Engineer Shopian, Peer Ki Gali-Dubjan Tourism Development Authority, in an exclusive interview with the news agency KNO said that various things are in the pipeline so that the tourists visiting the Peer Ki Gali, Dubjan and other spots along the road won’t face any inconvenience.
He said that keeping in view the need for toilet facilities along the road, the work on gender-based toilets and portable bio-toilet at Dubjan will start in the next few days.
“In the coming time, such facilities will be kept available at other spots as well. As of now, toilet facilities are already available at Peer Ki Gali,” he said.
Hakeem said two viewpoint decks, one each at Dubjan and Peer Ki Gali, are being constructed at the cost of Rs 20 lakh so that the tourists can enjoy the beauty of nature. “There is a famous spring in Dubjan where people have been visiting for baths to get relief from pains and this spring is being rejuvenated at a cost of Rs 10 lakhs,” he said.
“The work on a coffee shop near Dubjan bridge will also start soon so that tourists can enjoy coffee along the beauty of nature with beautiful sounds of fast running water of Ranbiara,” he added.
The Executive Engineer further said, “There are two Mughal Sarai on the road but people are unable to go there due to steep slopes, but the department has proposed all-weather roads for both of them that will be constructed at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore and Rs 3 crore respectively. Parking facilities are being extended along the road at a cost of Rs 12 lakh besides that facilities are being enhanced at Bohrihalan TRC for which Rs 20 lakh have been sanctioned.”
“For extending and beautification of the water channel at Bohrihalan, Rs 8 lakh has been sanctioned and work is expected to start next week only,” he said, adding that more steps are being taken and many things are in the pipeline to make the Peer Ki Gali, Dubjan and other areas along the road as better tourist spots.
“This will create employment opportunities for locals and generate revenue for the government as well,” Hakeem said.