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Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, luxury hotels in Jammu pre-occupied

JAMMU: Ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Samba, almost the entire four-star and three-star hotel chain in Jammu and adjoining locations are pre-occupied ahead in connection with official event to celebrate on Panchayati Raj Diwas on April 24.

Though senior, Union Ministers, senior bureaucrats from the national capital, and security officials, who accompany Prime Minister during the Jammu Kashmir visit will get accommodation at government-owned properties like Raj Bhawan, Circuit House, Guest Houses, etc but almost all rooms in the private hotels of Jammu were booked for Saturday and Sunday) April 23 and 24) for other delegates and political leaders accompanying the prime minister.

The Hotels and Resorts including four-star and three-star properties in Jammu city and outskirts got huge bookings on Saturday and Sunday by government officials, delegates, CEO of corporate firms, and the PM’s other entourage, who were required to be present during the Prime Minister’s visit.

Hotels and properties along Jammu Pathankot Highway in Kathua and Samba district, a plush hotel resort in Vijaypur and Birpur area, and even all luxury hotels in Vaishno Devi Shrine’s Base camp Katra have received overwhelmed bookings due to VVIP visits.

“All the rooms in our three hotels are booked for Saturday and Sunday in connection with the Prime Minister’s visit. It’s unethical to disclose the identity of our guest, but all booking is done for PM’s visit,” the Manager of Hotel Country Inn Hotel and Restore owned by Radisson group said.

Another hotelier said that the PM’s visit infused energy in the stakeholders as people only required confirmed booking without even asking for the quotations.

“Our entire hotel is booked for two days. We do not even have a single room to accommodate any guests. The VVIP visit brought the need of having seven-star hotels in Jammu so that such events carry on smoothly,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Jammu visit on Sunday is likely to push Rs 39,000 crore investments in Jammu and Kashmir in addition to the Government’s policy to reach out to Panchayats across the country on Panchayati Raj Diwas.

As per officials, a UAE business delegation will also be present to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Rs 39,000 crore investment push in Jammu and Kashmir during his Sunday visit to the union territory.

It will be the Prime Minister’s maiden visit to J&K since the abrogation of Article 370 in August of 2019.

The Prime Minister is attempting to change the narrative of the union territory ahead of elections that will take place after the delimitation exercise is completed.

Leading MNCs from UAE such as DP World, Emaar Properties, Lulu Group, Royal Strategic Partners, and Wizz Financial, have pledged a total investment of about Rs 3,000 crore in sectors such as infrastructure, IT, hospitality, and food processing.

Both the regions of Jammu and Kashmir will uniformly benefit from the proposed investment in the union territory.

As per data compiled by the UT administration, 19,125 Kanal of land has been allotted in the Jammu region to 1,105 applicants, which is expected to bring investments worth Rs 17, 968 crores.

While 19,897 kanals of land have been earmarked in Kashmir, region to 3,339 applicants, which is expected to bring investments worth Rs 24,187 crore.

Modi will also inaugurate the Banihal-Qazigund tunnel road constructed by Border Roads Organisation, lay the foundation for two power projects — 850 MW in Ratle and 540 MW in Kwar — in Jammu, and five expressways to be developed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and 100 Jan Aushadhi Kndras in UT.

A medicity is also being developed in the Jammu region by Apollo Hospitals—(KNO)

 

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