Video | Tourism bodies against highway ban

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Tourism bodies, under the flag of United Tourism Forum, on Friday demanded the revocation of order banning the movement of civilian traffic on the national highway from Udhampur to Baramulla for two days in a week.

Addressing the media persons here in Srinagar, spokesperson UTF, Ashiq Dug said that the bookings have come down sharply immediately after the highway ban order.

Dug said that order has been issued without taking into account, the hardships, the local populace would face.

“The ban on vehicular traffic would have great impact on the intending tourists as well, who’ll develop a fear psychosis. National highway is the only surface link that connects the valley with the rest of the country. Its closure will add to the worries of the population,” he said.

“This order has given a huge setback to our efforts for reviving tourism in the state.”

“The security personnel can travel through train. By this, they can save time and moreover the general public will not face any kind of difficulty. We urge the government to revoke the order in the larger interest of the population,” he said.

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