"We declare it open from today. This will help in boosting tourism and bring more investment in the Union Territory," he said.
Parallelly, Wadia group-run airline Go First kick-started its direct passenger services to Sharjah in the UAE from Srinagar, becoming the first domestic carrier to provide direct international connectivity from the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir.
This was the Union Home Minister's first visit to the Valley since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.
Meanwhile, it is noteworthy to mention that just a few days ago, Dubai has signed an accord to build infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir.
This development comes at a time when the region is seeing a resurgence in violence. No figure for the value of the agreement was given.
Also, this is the first time that an investment MoU for the Valley has been inked between India and a foreign country since the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of the Union Territory in August 2019.
The signed accord will see the Dubai government building several pieces of infrastructure in J&K including industrial parks, IT towers, multi-purpose towers, logistics centres, a medical college and a speciality hospital.