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Published on : Monday, August 19, 2013
According to the State Government of Uttarakhand, the study undertaken by the PHD Chamber of Commerce of India (PHDCCI) reveals an estimated loss to the economy of about Rs.12,000 Crore. Loss of Government tourism properties has been assessed to be approximately Rs.102.00 Crore. Due to lack of access to the affected areas the loss to private tourism assets has not been assessed so far.
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has announced a special financial package of Rs.100.00 crore for rebuilding/building destroyed/damaged government tourism assets. In addition, the Ministry has already sanctioned Central Financial Assistance of about Rs.95.00 Crore for various tourism infrastructure projects in the State under the current financial year. Besides this, the State Government has also prioritized projects for an approximate amount of Rs.58.00 Crore for development of tourism infrastructure in the State during the current financial year.
The State Government informs that they plan to evolve a regulation and registration to control tourist movement with bio-metric support at all important points within the State. It is also proposed by the State to advise tour operators to get the tourists insured before entering the State.
With a view to assess the need for a national consensus on regulating religious tourism to avoid such tragedies, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has decided to conduct a study which will include an assessment of the State’s Tourism Carrying Capacity (TCC), its practical analysis and measurement and its efficient application, destination management etc. in the State of Uttarakhand.
As per the Government of Uttarakhand, it has started developing plans for disaster resilient tourist infrastructure & safe tourism by involving various Departments like Weather Forecasting, Forest & Environment, Police Transport, District Administration, Disaster Management, Tourism etc. so that recurrence of such calamities can be checked in future.