Published on : Wednesday, January 27, 2021
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel said that the central government will work to leverage the potential of adventure tourism in Ladakh’s Kargil and provide facilities to local youth for luring tourists from around the world.
The minister said this after inaugurating National Events of Adventure Tourism 2021 in Kargil, in which 15 players took part.
“There was no scope for adventure sports in Kargil before today. Sports like skiing and ice hockey have started after the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism. A variety of programs have also been introduced to promote adventure tourism in the winter season,” said Patel.
“We will soon begin the work for the development of the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM) here. It got delayed due to COVID-19. The local people here who are doing all the work on their own should also be trained. They should be enrolled for a proper course and they should get instrumental support as well, so I believe this place is the best place (for IISM). Later, maybe we can attract the people of the world,” he added.
Patel said that “perception” regarding Ladakh and Kargil needs to change.
“I believe that all of us should share our experiences that there can be no better place than Kargil to change perception. Over 2.20 lakh crore people go to a foreign country for tourism. Perhaps we could not tell them the reality. We need to work on it. We will provide instrumental support to locals to enhance their capabilities and earn from tourism,” he said.
Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil chairman Feroz Ahmed Khan said that Kargil will be on the map of winter sports by next year.
“I am happy that Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel visited here in winter and we are taking many decisions during his visit. He promised for developments here. He promised IISM here like Gulmarg. We will provide land for the Ministry’s projects and I hope they will develop the infrastructure and by next winter we will be able to hold big winter sports.
I hope that Kargil will be on the map of winter sporting events,” Khan said.