By Accommodation Times Bureau
Chief Minister Jai Thakur said a sum of Rs 480 crores would be spent on development of infrastructure in unexplored and lesser known tourist places of the state under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Tranche-II project worth Rs 1892.04 crores while presiding over the review meeting of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department.
The Chief Minister said that in the first phase, Rs 800 crores have been proposed to be spent under this project on various activities for the development of tourism. Rs 480 crores would be spent on providing basic amenities, strengthening infrastructure and capacity building in lesser known tourist destinations. He said that convention centres, tourist culture centres, food parks and parking slots would be developed in these places.
He said that food park and parking facilities would be developed on both sides of the Rohtang tunnel to facilitate the tourists as well as local people. The state government is committed to establishing a maximum number of ropeways in the state for the convenience of tourists. He said that MoU has been signed between Himachal government and government of Punjab for construction of Sri Anandpur Sahib-Shri Naina Devi Ji ropeway recently which would connect two religious places. He said that construction has been expedited on Dharamshala-Mcloedganj ropeway coming up at a cost of Rs 150 crore and it would be completed by May next year.
He said that Palchan to Rohtang ropeway would be completed by the year 2022 whereas Adi Himani to Chamunda and Bhunter to Bijli Mahadev ropeways would be taken soon.
Thakur said that the state government would take up the matter for allowing water sports and recreational activities in Pandoh dam with BBMB so that it could be developed from a tourism point of view. He said that Larji dam would also be developed as a tourist attraction by creating the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the tourists.
Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism Ram Subhag Singh said that the Tourism department would ensure that all lesser known destinations of the state are brought on the tourism map of the country. He said that efforts would be made to involve private entrepreneurs to invest in tourism projects in these areas.