Tourism to Boost the Economy of Himachal – Kangra to be the tourist capital of the State

Tourism is the mainstay of Himachal Pradesh’s economy as it is endowed with diverse places of tourist attraction, and the State Government with a view to encouraging it in a big way is according to priority to strengthen this sector in the State. This was stated by Chief Minister, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu here today.

The Chief Minister said that apart from opening the entire State for the ‘All Season’ tourism activities, the Government is giving its biggest thrust on developing Kangra as the ‘Tourism Capital of the State’. He said that Kangra district has immense tourism potential as it has beautiful Dhauladhar Mountain, a historical temple, and scope for adventure activities. The Government with an aim to promote tourism in this district is working on strengthening infrastructure for which, Rs. 390 crores will be spent by the ADB.

He said that the government has already devised blueprints for various projects in district Kangra that will improve the tourists’ experience besides providing them with modern facilities. The State Government has proposed the construction of an international standard golf course at Heritage Village Pragpur. There is a plan for beautification of the Palampur area besides constructing a high-end resort, 24-hour tourism village, a modern roller skating rink, and a wellness center for the tourists coming to visit Kangra, added the Chief Minister, said the Chief Minister. Furthermore, the State Government has identified 180 hectares of Land at Bankhandi to build a modern zoo at a cost of Rs. 300 crore for which the DPR is under process. Efforts are underway to promote adventure tourism by introducing houseboats, cruises, yachts, and water sports activities at Pong Dam, said the Chief Minister.

He further added that under the Nai Manzilen Nai Rahein scheme, works worth Rs. 20.59 crore are being carried out in district Kangra, while Rs. 46 lakh has been released for the renovation of the historical temple. The Government has also made efforts for the construction of the Chamunda ropeway from Adi Himani Temple. Additionally, Rs. 11.75 Crore has been sanctioned to upgrade Food Craft Institute Dharamshala as the State Institute of Hotel Management and work is in progress, said the Chief Minister.

He said that to attract more tourists to the district, the State government is also planning to extend the runway length of Kangra Airport from 1376 to 3010 meters in two phases. Also, there is a proposal to construct a heliport at Rakkar, for which the FCA case has been uploaded.

Promoting the tourism sector in the State will not only boost the economy of the State but will also make it a most favorable destination for tourists coming from within and outside the country, said the Chief Minister.

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