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On New Year eve, Pahalgam records surge in tourist flow

After two years of dismal tourism due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the famed tourist spot, Pahalgam, is witnessing a huge rush of tourists on the eve of New Year.

Most of the hotels with winter facilities remain fully occupied with tourists from different states of India ahead of New Year. So the tourism department has decided to organise a week-long New Year festival to welcome the tourists visiting the spot.

The festival began on December 25 and will end on the night of December 31.

For the last three days, the singers, musicians and dancers have been enthralling the guests at Pahalgam club.

According to tourism officials, all the hotels operating during the winters in Pahalgam have been jam-packed for the last several days.

“Pahalgam is packed. Tourists have been arriving in large numbers to celebrate the New Year. However, it is difficult to get a room in Pahalgam these days as almost all the hotels which remain operational during the winter season at the spot are fully occupied,” Assistant Director Tourism, Pahalgam, Bilal Ahmad, told Precious Kashmir.

He said that only A-class and B class hotels are operational in Pahalgam during winters, and all of them are packed ahead of the new year.

“We have around 600 rooms available for winter accommodation. All of them are occupied. This year it has been a record rush of tourists both during summer and winter,” a tourism officer said.

The officer said the week-long New Year celebration at the famed spot is aimed to welcome tourists intending to celebrate the occasion in the Valley and convey a message that Kashmir is always ready to host the guests.

According to figures shared by the officials, 453340 tourists have visited Pahalgam since January 2021. Among them, 231637 are domestic tourists from different parts of India, while 222397 are locals. Officials put the number of foreign tourists having visited Pahalgam during this period at 306.

However, locals associated with the tourism industry said that the number is much higher than the official figure.


Cop escapes unhurt in militant attack

A policeman escaped unhurt in a militant attack in the Batmaloo area of Srinagar on Friday, reports said.

Sources reported that militants fired upon a police constable at about 3:15 pm in the SD Colony area.

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However, the policeman escaped unhurt. Soon after the attack, the officer said that the entire area was cordoned off and searches launched.

He said that a case has been registered and further investigations have been launched.

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Two brothers drown while extracting sand in Jhelum

Two brothers drowned while extracting stand in Jhelum river in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, reports said.

They said that brothers – Nissar Ahmad Malla and Hilal Ahmad Malla – drowned early today morning in the river while extracting sand near Jetty at Khwaja Bagh.

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The family of the duo has been called and efforts are on to retrieve their bodies, said an official.

The brothers hailed from Littarpira village of Bandipora district, he added.

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J&K: Massive CASO launched in two villages

Joint Forces launched a massive Cordon And Search Operation(CASO) in two villages of the Kulgam district in south Kashmir.

An official said that the operation on Friday was launched jointly by forces including RR of Indian Army, Jammu Kashmir Police, and CRPF following inputs about the movement of militants in the Kakran Pombay and Katrasoo areas of Kulgam.

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He said that the operation was launched following inputs about the presence of militants in these areas.

The search operations in both areas were going on when this report was being filed.

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