Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha has announced a new policy which permits houseboats to undergo renovations and it has become a ray of hope for the tourism industry in the region.A new policy that permits houseboats in Jammu and Kashmir to undergo renovation has become a ray of hope for the tourism industry in the region,

Considering the importance of the houseboats, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha announced a new policy aimed to preserve the houseboats which has given smile on the faces of houseboat owners.

The comprehensive policy solves various problems faced by the dwellers living in these houseboats stationed at the famous Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake.

It also gives the Tourism Department a shining hope to boost the influx of people from across the world for sightseeing and experiencing rich heritage of Jammu and Kashmir. Also, houseboat owners at Dal Lake are happy with the administration’s preservation policy. In recent years, the houseboats were damaged due to floods, fire and other incidents which resulted in reduction of the number of these beautiful boats.

Currently, there are around 928 houseboats in the two lakes in Srinagar, informed Director Tourism Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Itoo.

“It is now mandatory for the committees, which is set to look after this initiative, to meet every three months and review the applications for the renovation of the houseboats,” said the Director of Tourism.

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