Security forces evacuate hotels with tourism boom in Srinagar
Consequent upon the improving security scenario in the city and the huge rush of tourists this year, the government in consultation with various agencies evacuated these hotels and other buildings and relocated forces to other places, officials said.
"Over 60 per cent of hotels occupied by security forces have been evacuated. Almost 150 hotels and other buildings which were being held by security forces have been evacuated and there is less visibility of security forces now," Director Tourism, Kashmir, Talat Parvez told PTI.
The director said the evacuation cannot be done in one go and is being done in a phased manner and rest of tourism infrastructure would be evacuated by the start of next tourism season.
"The rest of hotels (occupied by security forces) are being evacuated in a phased manner. By next start of season, I believe, all the hotels will be free from all security occupation and they (forces) will be relocated to someplace else," Parvez said.
Majority of the hotels in Srinagar were occupied by various security agencies in the wake of militancy in the early 1990s.
The state government is reducing footprints of security forces in the city and as many as 44 bunkers have been removed from the city in last two years.
The state witnessed a huge rush of tourists this year. The officials estimate
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