Bizarre, Doodhpathri Development Authority Takes More Toll To ‘Limits Tourist Flow’

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Doodhpathri

Raja Bilal
Srinagar: In the midst of tourist season Doodhpathri Development Authority (DDA) has taken a strange step to ‘limit the tourist flow’ by erecting two more toll posts on way to the destination. The authority stands an exception while other tourist destinations are vying to cash the flow of tourists amid soaring temperatures in Valley.

With just 42 km from state summer capital Srinagar and 22 km from district headquarter Budgam, the destination has over the years emerged as nature lovers prime destination. It has also been a preferential spot for the schools and colleges students in and around Srinagar.

The Doodhpathri Development Authority (DDA) according to recently visited tourists has erected two more toll posts on way to the destination, with each of them charging differently, which totals sums up to Rs 250 for each vehicle.

Anguished over the move, the tourists said that while the spot lacks facilities, these charges are in no way justifiable.

“Even after almost 10 years since the destination made it to the tourist map there are no toilets or even proper network connectivity,” they said.

When contacted Chief Executive Officer DDA Khursheed Ahmad Sanai told GNS that they have taken the step to ‘limit the tourist flow’ to the spot.

Asked to elucidate, Sanai said: “we want to protect Doodhpathri as it has been littered all around by the visitors.”

Asked as to why manpower was not enhanced to redress the issue, Sanai without commenting further, disconnected the call.

According to reports the move has highly discouraged people from visiting the spot and there is very less hustle bustle seen in Doodhpathri for a while now. (GNS)

 

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