The Indian government has told its Parliament that tourist arrivals in its administered Kashmir has declined since the revocation of the disputed region’s autonomy unilaterally by the right wing Narendra Modi dispensation.
India’s Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel informed Parliament on Tuesday in a written reply to a query that 84,326 tourists visited Kashmir since August 5, 2019 while 87,94,837 visited Jammu and 1,00931 tourists visited Ladakh.
The total number of pilgrims/tourists who visited Jammu since August 2019 is 76,80,775.
On August 5, 2019, India revoked the special status, or limited autonomy, granted under Article 370 of its Constitution to Kashmir.
“Since, August, 5, 2019, the number of tourist arrivals in Jammu & Kashmir declined. The impact was felt more severely in Kashmir valley than in the Jammu division,” Patel said.
India has been accused of crushing Kashmir’s economy by imposing an unprecedented clampdown in the region after the revocation of special status. Many pleas by the business bodies and tourist associations have not been headed.