Ladakh Tourism dept. plans to develop hydro tourism at NHPC Dam, Alchi

 Saturday, January 7, 2023 


A meeting was organised in Leh to discuss plans to develop Hydro Tourism in collaboration with NHPC at the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), Dam, Alchi on the Indus river. The meeting was chaired by Kacho Mehboob Ali Khan Administrative Secretary, Tourism Department, Ladakh.

In the meeting, the Administrative Secretary highlighted the scope and potential of developing water-based tourism in Ladakh. He emphasised on the role of tourism in the economic growth of the region and said that the development of hydro tourism at Alchi will further boost the economy, create jobs, develop infrastructure and also promote cultural exchange between tourists and locals. He said the development of hydro tourism will be rolled out in a phased manner.

In the meeting, deliberations took place on introducing various aquatic sports at the NHPC Dam, Alchi, such as Kayaking; Jet Skiing; Motorboating; Ice Skating during winter, and boating during the summer season.

Discussions also took place on developing infrastructure along the river for tourist attractions such as camping sites, and souvenir shops where local entrepreneurs can showcase and sell their products. The setting up of floating cafeterias was also discussed where tourists can get a taste of the local Ladakhi delicacies onboard.

The Administrative Secretary directed the officials of the Tourism department to prepare DPR in consultation with NHPC Management within a month’s time so that the work can be planned for approval and start execution by April 2023. He also gave directions for developing water sports safety guidelines.
The meeting was attended by Kunzes Angmo, Director Tourism, Ladakh; ADC Leh, Sonam Chosjor; Ghulam Nabi, SE Tourism; Surajit Dutta, DGM (C), NHPC; Hemant Dwedi, Manager (C), NHPC; Tsering Spalzes, AD, Tourism; and Mohd Ali Tak, OSD.

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