BENGALURU: The Karnataka government’s plan to build a hotel and tourism centre in Jammu & Kashmir has been shelved as its request for land has got no response from the J&K government.
The tourism department had proposed a Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation hotel in J&K and had sought 10-15 acres of land. Karnataka was the second state in the country after Maharashtra to show interest in purchasing land there after the Centre scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution.
Former tourism minister and current BJP national general secretary CT Ravi had written a letter to the lieutenant general of J&K in 2019 seeking 10-15 acres of land. “But we didn’t get any response from J&K. We decided to drop the plan after that,” said a government official. According to tourism department officials, the state decided to concentrate on its own regions in the past one year in light of the pandemic’s impact on the tourism sector.