HP rolls out mega tourism plan, gets Rs 34-crore from Centre
State’s pioneering ‘Home-stay’ scheme, eco-tourism and rural tourism will also be linked with other departments to create stakes for locals and also different agencies to attract tourists, both domestic and foreigners.
At a meeting with stake-holders, including major government departments, State Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy said beside focusing on dispersal of tourism activity to new areas, including rural areas, the government will invest Rs 86 crore on creation of infrastructure. Of this, Rs 52 crore has already been utilised and all targets will be met by December 31 to fully utilise the funds given by the Ministry of Tourism.
“Tourism Director Arun Sharma, who was in Delhi a few days ago, received sanction for Rs 34 crore to improve infrastructure in Manali. The project will enrich and upgrade existing facilities at most favoured destinations,” Sharma told mediapersons after the meeting.
Three mega parking projects will be taken up at Dalhousie, Dharamshala and Shimla for Rs 4.52 crore. Another initiative is creation of wayside amenities at 40 places through out the state, including information centres, cafeterias, clock rooms. Land have been identified for this purpose and work has begun at seven places.
Roy claimed that tourism had already grown by 10.1 percent in the past one year
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