CM Sukhu to promote Himachal as an all-season tourist destination

 Tuesday, April 11, 2023 


With Kangra serving as the state’s tourism hub, efforts will be made to promote and develop Himachal as an all-season tourist destination, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu stated on Saturday.

Tribune News Service quoted him as saying, “Tourism is the mainstay of Himachal’s economy, which is endowed with abundant natural beauty, offering opportunities for pilgrimage, cultural and health tourism, besides water, snow and adventure sports. Efforts will be made to develop the state as all-season tourist destination and prolong the stay of tourists by providing more attractions.”

He said, “Kangra district has immense tourism potential. It has beautiful Dhauladhar mountains, famous shrines and the scope for adventure activities. The government is working to strengthen infrastructure and Rs 390 crore arranged through Asian development Bank (ADB) will be spent for the purpose.”

Sukhu stated that the administration has produced designs for numerous projects in the district to improve infrastructure.

“There is a proposal to construct an international standard golf course at the heritage village of Pragpur and the beautification of Palampur. Besides, there is also a plan to construct a high-end resort, 24-hour tourism village, modern roller skating rink and a wellness centre,” he added.

He stated that 180 hectares in Bankhandi have been earmarked for the construction of a modern zoo at a cost of Rs 300 crore, and a detailed project report (DPR) is being developed.

“Efforts are underway to promote adventure tourism by introducing houseboats, cruises, yachts and water sports activities at the Pong Dam,” he added.

The Chief Minister said that works worth Rs 20.59 crore were being carried out in Kangra under the Nai Rahein Nai Manzilein initiative. He stated that efforts were being undertaken to build the Chamunda ropeway from the Adi Himani Temple.

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