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Eco-friendly battery car service at Jammu’s tourist spot Mansar to boost tourism

Eco-friendly battery car service at Jammu’s tourist spot Mansar to boost tourism

By Vishal Bharti

Jammu, Dec 4 (UNI) Located at 62-kilometres from here, Mansar Lake, a waterbody fringed by forest-covered hills, is all set to woo visitors in the coming days with the Surinsar-Mansar Development Authority introducing eco-friendly battery car service to promote tourism.

The Surinsar-Mansar Lakes Complex is an important tourist destination of the area and was designated as Ramsar Convention in November 2005.

“Mansar is one of the most visited tourist spots in Samba district of Jammu region and the lake surrounded by thick forests mesmerises the tourists with its beauty and it is not less than a jungle safari,” Nagendra Singh Jamwal, Chief Executive Officer, Surinsar-Mansar Development Authority told UNI.

“The battery car system has been introduced in Mansar by the Department of Wildlife and the service will surely give push to the tourism,” said Mr Jamwal, adding that initially one four-seater battery car is being introduced while an additional six-seater will soon be a part of promotion of tourism in Mansar and two more after working out modalities.

The CEO said that earlier people used to walk on foot to have a round of the lake surrounded by forest but once a full-fledged battery car service is introduced, it will help them to cover the distance easily and in a short duration.

“The battery car introduction will surely bring more tourists to least visited stretch of the lake,” he said and added that the track from Mansar Heritage Haveli to Deer Park has already been paved with 75 mm tiles fit for road transport.

Mr Jamwal further said that apart from such initiatives, several programmes and events are also being organised time to time to attract tourists to these picturesque places.

“The Surinsar Mansar Development Authority in collaboration with other agencies like Directorate of Tourism, Jammu and other agencies have time to time especially on Sundays organise special events like trekking, cycling, marathon with an aim to boost the tourism to Surinsar and Mansar,” he added.

He asserted that professional trekkers and many students take part in these activities and become a part of the drive launched by the SDMA to attract more and more tourists to these spots.

“SMDA also invites bloggers, video bloggers, social media experts and writers to spread the awareness about the activities,” said the CEO and added that many travel agents, adventure planners and event managers join hands with the Authority to assess the potential of adventure tourism in the Surinsar-Mansar area.

Mr Jamwal said that as a part of weekly activities, recently a twin lake Cyclothon was also organised from Sidhra Golf Course to Mansar lake via Surinsar.

“The event was organised to give a fillip to the spirit of adventure among the youth, tourists, cyclists and the avid adventure goers,” he said, adding that the rally's aim was to provide an enriching experience to the nature lovers who would cycle through Surinsar-Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary.

“It was a great initiative on part of SDMA and I am sure that such activities and the way tourism is being promoted in these spots, tourists inflow will surely rise in the coming days and the tourism will get a fillip,” Rakesh Dubey, Deputy Director, Directorate of Information, who was a part of cyclothon, here said.

“The Mansar tourist spot has been developed a lot and we are sure that the government will take more such steps so that visitors number increase to this place,” Roumya Banerjee from Kolkatta, who had been to Mata Vaishno Devi Cave Shrine with family, visited to the spot, said.

She also expressed that she loved boating in the Lake besides the hospitality, facilities and arrangements made at the spot.

As per official sources, new boats will also be introduced soon to entertain and cater tourists. Mansar Lake, besides being a popular excursion destination in Jammu, is also a holy site, sharing the legend and sanctity of Lake Manasarovar.

The lake has cemented path all around with required illumination, with projected view decks to enjoy flickering of seasonal birds, tortoise and fishes of different species.

There is a wild life Sanctuary housing jungle life like Spotted Deer, Neelgai, etc, besides other water birds such as cranes, ducks.

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