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Published on : Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Billing, a world famous tourist spot visited by thousands of tourists, lies in a state of neglect, lacking in all basic amenities like toilets, drinking water and place to sit for tourists. Billing had hosted first International Paragliding World Championship in October last year.
Though the state government had spent over Rs. 9 crores last year for its development, it is not clearly known where the money was actually utilized. The state Tourism Department even failed to provide toilets to visiting tourists.
The road leading to Billing was metalled a year ago but now it is full of potholes making it difficult for commuters to drive. In the tourist season, hundreds of tourists visit Billing daily to enjoy paragliding, but they are forced to buy mineral water at an exorbitant price. There are also no proper parking facilities for the vehicles.
Rain shelters, constructed by spending lakhs of rupees two years ago by the department, along with flooring, roofs and sitting area are in bad shape. Solar lights, installed last year, are not seen anywhere in the absence of maintenance. Several organizations demanded that the state government must provide the details about where the money was utilized.
A senior officer of the Tourism Department said when this amount was spent, he was not posted here and said that Billing needed attention of the authorities. The officer said that the matter had been conveyed to the government repeatedly but no funds were released.