Srinagar: The hoteliers operating from inside the world famous Dal Lake in Srinagar on Monday appealed authorities to allow them to renovate their hotels or rehabilitate them to a desired location.
While addressing a press conference at Dal Lake, Hotelier Mir Hanif said that “there are 13 hotels inside the Dal Lake that are registered with Department of Tourism and J&K Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA). Most of these hotels are in dilapidated condition as authorities are restricting us from any renovation.”
“Either allow us to renovate our hotels or rehabilitate us,” Mir said.
He said Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) is in possession of vast land at Gupt Ganga in Shalimar. “If you don’t allow us to renovate our hotels, at least rehabilitate us at Gupt Ganga. We are ready to vacate from the Dal Lake as we are suffering immensely,” he said and sought intervention of Lieutenant Governor and Chief Secretary.
Mir Hanif said that even Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had assured us in 2014 that hoteliers in Dal Lake will be given a breather and will either be rehabilitated or allowed to renovate the hotels.
“We hope that court will consider the applications seeking repairs, renovations of hotels inside the Dal Lake as we believe that the restraint order is being misrepresented by the authorities from time to time,” he said. (KNT)
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