Jammu and Kashmir will host the third tourism working group assembly of G20 international locations in capital Srinagar from right this moment amid tight safety. This is the primary such worldwide occasion within the area after Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing and stripped of its statehood in August 2019.
A glittering facelift has been given to elements of Srinagar metropolis and roads resulting in Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Center or SKICC, the venue for the G20 assembly.
Harshavardhan Shingha, Chief Coordinator G20, mentioned India is midway by means of its G20 presidency and to date 118 conferences have been held throughout the nation.
He mentioned the Srinagar assembly has acquired the very best variety of contributors compared to two earlier conferences on tourism.
Around 60 delegates from the member international locations of G20 are attending the assembly. Officials say the very best variety of delegates for the Srinagar occasion are coming from Singapore.
There are additionally delegates from particular invitee visitor international locations who’re attending the assembly.
China has opposed the holding of a G20 assembly in Kashmir, whereas Saudi Arabia has not registered for the occasion. Turkey, it seems, has determined to steer clear of the Srinagar assembly.
“China firmly opposes holding G20 conferences in any kind in disputed areas and won’t attend such conferences,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin mentioned on Friday.
India countered the objection by saying it’s free to carry conferences by itself territory. It mentioned peace and tranquility on its border is important for regular ties with China.
This was the primary such strongly worded assertion by China on G20 occasion in Srinagar.
Ahead of the assembly, Srinagar is underneath an unprecedented safety blanket. Marine commandos and nationwide safety guards have been deployed as a part of the ground-to-air safety cowl.
Anti-drone items have been activated and nationwide safety guards are deployed at delicate locations and installations.
Thousands of troops from the Army, Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Jammu and Kashmir Police are a part of the safety grid amid stories that terrorists might attempt to disrupt the G20 occasion in Kashmir.
Police have issued visitors advisories and no visitors will likely be allowed to maneuver on Srinagar’s boulevard highway. There are additionally restrictions on visitors motion on the route utilized by G20 delegates.
Shopkeepers in Lal Chowk space have been issued particular passes in order that they will maintain their retailers open with out going through any issues.
Ahead of the assembly, an enormous facelift was given to elements of Srinagar metropolis and highway from Srinagar airport to SKICC.
Under Srinagar good metropolis undertaking, footpaths and roads get a brand new look. While Jhelum riverfront was renovated with the laying of concrete footpaths, Poloview market, Srinagar’s greatest buying locations, was given a glittering facelift. The four-lane highway hyperlink of the market has been closed. It’s now laid with tiles and has change into a pedestrian-only market.
As a part of the sightseeing programme, G20 delegates are additionally anticipated go to Poloview market which has change into postcard of Srinagar’s good metropolis undertaking.
Officials say the G20 assembly will enhance tourism in Kashmir which is already receiving massive variety of home and international vacationers.
The success of the upcoming tourism working group assembly of the G-20 international locations will lead to a rise within the inflow of vacationers and investments in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha mentioned on Saturday.