Published on : Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Jai Ram Thakur, the Himachal Chief Minister on Tuesday explained that the State Government has recognized 113 sites to be developed to turn the state an eco-tourism destination, besides developing nature parks and herbal gardens.
Out of 113 sites, 5 sites have been given on PPP mode, 16 to the State Forest Department and 47 to HP the State Forest Corporation for initiating eco-tourism activities mentioned the Chief Minister at the time of inaugurating the two days international conference on ‘Eco-Tourism Potential in Himachal Pradesh’ organized at Manali in Kullu district.
Besides, he added that 25 new destinations would be created by constructing log huts for the tourists in the midst of nature.
He stated that three eco-tourism hubs would be created at the time of current financial year. 10 places would be set up from the point of adventure tourism with close coordination of Eco Tourism Society, Tourism Department and Mountaineering Institute, Manali.
Also, 31 eco-tourism circuits has been geared up and would be sent for approval to the Centre, said Thakur.
Eco-tourism activities connect people not only with the nature, side by side it can also prove a key employment and self-employment generator for the state’s youth. Nature parks and herbal gardens were being developed in the state, said he.
The Chief Minister mentioned that 50 Forest Rest Houses have been utilized to start eco-tourism activities in the state. Initiations would be made to join eco-tourism with the rural life, culture and traditions.