Under the Prime Minister Development Project (PMDP), the Indian government has taken the initiative to develop the Chattpal Kokernag area at a cost of Rs 4 crore.
To promote tourism in Kashmir, the government has taken the initiative to develop the Chattpal Kokernag area under the Prime Minister Development Project (PMDP) at a cost of Rs 4 crore.
To promote the Chattpal tourist destination at a fast pace, the authorities have already started constructing new huts, cafeteria, trekking camps, viewpoints and toilets at the location.
“It is an unexplored area with different landscapes which makes it an attractive tourist destination. The government is taking the initiative to develop the area under the PMDP. We are constructing cafeteria, trekking camps, viewpoints and toilets for tourists,” said Abid Ahmad, Junior Engineer Kokernag Development Authority.
Kashmir’s abundant natural beauty is famous across the world but a number of tourist destinations including Chattpal Kokernag have been neglected by previous governments so locals or tourists don’t like to visit the place.
Kokernag is one of the famous tourist destinations of south Kashmir and Chattpal is close to it which is also a beautiful destination. But unfortunately, it lacks facilities like food points, huts, proper transport services, guest houses and toilets. So, the authorities have started strengthening the infrastructure at Chattpal tourist destination.
The construction work is going on under the supervision of Kokernag Development Authority (KDA).
“The government has taken a good initiative. Work on most of the huts has been completed and a few are left. Some cafeterias are also being constructed here,” said Talib Hussain, a local resident.
Another local resident, Abdul Majeed said, “When this type of work is done, it benefits local residents. So, the work is on in full swing and local people will get employment here.”