Srinagar, May 15 : The government on Saturday advised the School Education Department not to plan any excursions on weekends.
According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) the Chief Executive Officer of Gulmarg Development Authority in this regard had issued the circular.
The CEO has requested the Directorate of School Education Kashmir to issue the communiqué to all schools of Kashmir Province, not to plan their excursions on weekend to Gulmarg on Saturday and Sunday.
“It is submitted that from the last couple of weeks, Gulmarg has witnessed unprecedented flow of tourists which has caused frequent traffic jams and other inconveniences in the area,” reads the communiqué.
The circular reads that the increased tourist influx associated with the promotion of mass tourism to the area shall have serious and adverse consequences.
“Maximum noise levels in the resort area slightly exceeded prescribed standards for daytime level of noise,” it reads.
The communiqué further states that the continued growth and development of the resort area will impact the community noise levels through the introduction of additional private and commercial traffic and intensification of tourism, and will impact wildlife behavior and human health.
“In view of the fact that most of the locals prefer to visits the area on weekend, it is requested to kindly issue necessary directions to all the heads of the schools of the valley, to plan their excursion or picnic to Gulmarg any day of the week, except for Saturday and Sunday, so that eco fragile environment is maintained in terms of approved Master Plan,” it reads—(KNO)