Centre to develop a winter town in J&K

The highways ministry kicked off consultation with stakeholders on Monday to develop a satellite township along the 18-km stretch between Z-Morh and Zojila tunnels on Srinagar-Leh highway. It would be be developed as a winter destination with modern facilities for winter sports, luxury accommodation and other necessary infrastructure in collaboration with the administration of Ladakh and J&K, sources said.

Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari chaired a preparatory meeting on Monday with the representatives of Ladakh and J&K administration including J&K lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha and senior officials from the ministry and BRO. “Now all stakeholders would work together for conceptualisation of the projects. The minister said developing the township will boost tourism and create employment for the locals,” said a source.

Last week Gadkari had said the plan was to develop a township more beautiful than Davos in Switzerland. Sources said tourists taking this route to reach Leh usually halt at Drass and Kargil and the proposed township can be the best option. “

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