Use thermal screening at gates of all gardens: Advisor Khan directs Floriculture deptt
After a gap of 113 days, following the coronavirus lockdown and restrictions, the government Tuesday announced that all parks and gardens would be thrown open for general public from Wednesday.
Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Khan Tuesday said the parks and gardens throughout J&K would be thrown open for the general public from Wednesday onward.
“All the visitors should strictly follow the protocols and medical advisories related to COVID-19,” he said.
Khan urged people to wear face masks, use hand sanitizers and maintain social distancing norms both inside and outside these picnic spots.
The advisor was informed that the Floriculture department would use thermal screening at the entry gates of all these parks and gardens to check the visitors for any COVID-19 symptoms.
The announcement was made amid the gradual unlocking process of COVID-19 pandemic across India.
On the occasion, Commissioner Secretary Tourism and Culture, Zubair Ahmad and Commissioner Secretary Floriculture, Gardens and Parks Sheikh Fayaz were also present.
On March 13, the district administration in Srinagar, which houses many of Kashmir’s prominent tourist places, ordered the closure of parks and gardens, including tourist places like Mughal Gardens, as a precautionary measure soon after the lockdown.
Following the closure, Asia’s largest Tulip garden where 1.3 million tulips of 55 varieties were planted remained closed this year.
In 2019, the tulip garden saw a footfall of 2.58 lakh visitors during the season.
On Monday, authorities decided to reopen the tourism sector, which had been shut since August last year after the Government of India scrapped J&K special status.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the LG-led administration, who issued directions to reopen the tourism sector, considered the backbone of J&K’s economy.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) expressed concern at the increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Valley.
KCCI spokesperson said that the reports of gross carelessness and violation of COVID-19 protocols were coming from various districts, especially from Srinagar district.
“Due to the onset of summer, there was a visible reduction in the wearing of masks in public places due to its discomfort and also negligence in maintaining of safe social distances,” he said.