Srinagar, Jan 21 : Even after elapsing of three year, a ski lift in Pahalgam aimed at promoting winter tourism in the area has been left defunct.
The lift which is located around circuit road in Pahalgam town was constructed around seven years before and was inaugurated in year 2016.
Sources said that crores of rupees were spent on the lift, however, it remained functional only in year 2016 and 2017 and since then it is lying defunct.
They said that lift was taking tourists to the spot where they Ski down and sole purpose of the scheme was to attract tourists towards Pahalgam in winters but it was left defunct just like it got success in only two years.
They said that in year 2016 and 2017 , there was increase in tourists reaching Pahalgam during winters, however, since then tourists and winter sport enthusiasts get dejected by the sorry state of affairs.
They said that Pahalgam has a potential to be developed as winter tourist spot like Gulmarg but no attention is being given towards the same.
Mushtaq Ahmad President of Hoteliers association Pahalgam said that government must be develop infrastructure here like we have in Gulmarg to promote winter tourism in Pahalgam.
Generally tourists visit here only in summer and very few people visit in winter as this destination lacks infrastructure for winter tourism, he said, adding that Baisaran hills can become best spot for skiing provided it is connected through ropeway.
He said people here in winter generally sit idle as very little tourists visit Pahalgam in winter and government must provide infrastructure so that locals here can earn livelihood in winter too.