Gulmarg, Jan 12: Director, Tourism, Kashmir, Dr. G N Itoo visited the ski resort of Gulmarg where he held a series of meetings with stakeholders and officials. He impressed upon them to strictly follow the Covid mitigation protocol as devised by the Government from time to time.
Chairing a meeting on regulating winter sports activities at the world famous resort, the Director Tourism asked the officers of Tourism Department, local Revenue authorities, Health officials to undertake mass testing of all the participants of batches sponsored by different organisations/Departments for various sporting events and the participants who test positive shall be immediately isolated by the sponsoring organisation /Departments till they complete quarantine period as per latest SOPs. He directed the constitution of a special Medical team to be deployed for monitoring all isolation facilities.
The meeting decided to constitute a committee of officers to ensure that sports activities at the resort are carried out as per notified Covid SOPs. The committee would be headed by CEO, Gulmarg Development Authority and it would have SDM Tangmarg, BMO Tangmarg, SDPO Tangmarg and Assistant Director Tourism Gulmarg as its members.
Dr. Itoo instructed the officers and local authorities to ensure that the children participating in the Winter Games are vaccinated, tested and follow Covid SOPs properly. He also instructed the children to follow Covid SOPs during their stay, whether in hotels or other accommodations.”
The Director Tourism asked the Municipal Committee Tangmarg to undertake weekly fumigation of all the lodging facilities being used by Winter Sports Organisations/Government Departments. He also asked the J&K Cable Car Corporation to strictly follow the Covid protocols at the ticketing counters, especially at Kangdori.
The meeting was attended by CEO, GDA Dr Zahoor Raina, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Tangmarg, Principal, IISM, Gulmarg, Dy. Director Tourism Registration, SDPO Tangmarg, General Manager, JKCCC, Asstt. Director Tourism Gulmarg, officers from YSS Kashmir, Health Department, MED, JKTDC, Snow Safety Officer, Ski Petrol Team representatives of various institutions which are attending the sports events.
Besides, President Winter Games Association, Mohammad Abbas Wani and other representatives of various organisation conducting winter Sports activities attended the meeting.