PAHALGAM (SRINAGAR): Keen to promote a tourism-friendly environment for students, the Jammu and Kashmir tourism department has opened ‘Yatri Niwas’, a budget hotel in Pahalgam.
State Tourism Minister Muhammad Dilawar Mir, who inaugurated the hotel recently, said students and educational institutions would given a concession of 50 per cent on the accommodation front.
A low-budget hotel will provide accommodation to tourists at a tariff of Rs 300, while for students, it will be Rs 150, Mir said.
The 50-room budget hotel has been constructed at a cost of Rs 820 million and can accommodate upto 1400 people.
Until now tourists had to stay out in the open, or in tented accommodations in very cold temperatures.
M HYDERI, GreaterKashmir Srinagar, Sept 2: A model village where public health and hygiene will be of vital importance and villagers won’t only be literate but internet savvy is likely to be a reality soon in Laripora, a countryside area near Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Islamabad district.
Famed cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, Dr Naresh Trehan having over 50 thousand successful surgeries to his credit has planned to adopt the village of nearly half a thousand population, in collaboration with an NGO Help and Care Welfare Society (HCWS).
“We’re going to adopt a village. It will be the first model village, the pilot project,” Dr Naresh told Greater Kashmir here during his short visit to Kashmir to provide free consultation to cardiac patients.
After Laripora, he said later some more villages would be adopted on similar lines. “The objective of the village will be to provide clean drinking water to the people of the village…create property sanitary system so that sewage system goes into septic tanks. Besides, free education including computer literacy will be imparted to the villagers,” he said.
Dr Trehan said the project would lay emphasis on the utilization of bio-friendly fuel and manures in Laripora by conversion of garbage into biogas and manure.
He said the project is in the planning stage and once started will take around six months to commission. “It will take few months to start,” he added.
Dr Naresh hopes that results of the project would be of huge benefit for the villagers.
The medico who is also the Chairman of Global Health Private Limited said his organization is already successfully running such model villages in UP and Haryana. Improvement in health and sanitary conditions on modern lines has drastically reduced ailments like gastroenteritis and malaria, common in those model villages.
“We have done this there also and the amount of ailments reduced by 70 percent improving the health outcomes.”
Dr Naresh’s key ally in the project, Ramesh Kitchloo a Kashmiri who heads HCWS said it was his long pending dream to facilitate his homeland in getting the model village.
“My brethren, the people of Kashmir have been suffering for many years and I always desired to do something for them,” Kitchloo said.
Kicthloo in collaboration with Dr Naresh’s Cardiology Unit is already hosting free medical cams for patients in Kashmir for the past two years.
Sunday was the second anniversary when Dr Naresh and other medicos including DR Balbir Singh and Dr Ravi R Kasnival attended the camps. Earlier the medical camps were held in Srinagar alone.
“Now, we have fully started camps in various other districts also so that this treatment caters to entire Valley,” Kitchloo said.
“Such camps have also decreased the follow-up visits of the patients who have had treatment done in the big hospitals in the metro towns. Now because of this Community Outreach OPD the patients are getting the follow-p checkup and consultation done at their door step without spending lot of money,” said a senior consultant while attending patients at the camp held at a hotel here.
Besides, the two organizations offer special schemes for the underprivileged Kashmiri children suffering of cardiac ailments who parents can’t afford the cost of treatments.
“Already four children were operated under this scheme all of them are surviving and live a healthy life,” said Dr Naresh.
Presently, Dr Naresh who works with Apollo Hospital in New Delhi is constructing a state-of-the-art health care institute –the Medicity in Gurgaon.
“Medicity has been conceived to create an institution of world class standards to provide seamless tertiary care of the highest quality. It further aims to create synergies between modern medicine and traditional forms of medicine with dual objective of lowering the patient trauma and availability at an affordable price,” a Medicity spokesman said, adding that “it (Medicity) will create a private high end integrated multi specialty tertiary healthcare delivery network with a capacity of over 1600 beds, 48 operation rooms.”
Commenting over the prestigious project likely to be commissioned next year, Dr Naresh said, “Treatments not only for the rich but for the poor also is my mission.”