Government would deliver eco- biodegradable and electronic toilets, scientific disposal of garbage, adequate number of dustbins and solar lights etc. at various spots in Kullu-Manali
Shri S. Roy, Chief Secretary said here today that the State Government was serious to address environment concerns in Kullu-Manali area so as to strengthen the tourism infrastructure. He said that as many as 28 lakh tourists visited Kullu-Manali area last year out of which 1.5 lakh were foreigners. He said that to provide basic facilities to the tourists the bathing ghats on the bank of river Parbati in Manikaran area would be renovated at the cost of Rs. 40 lakh besides constructing Rs. 60 lakh biodegradable and electronic toilets.
Chief Secretary said that for preserving the pristine beauty of the area scientific disposal of garbage, adequate number of dust bins and solar lights would be set up at Manikaran. He said that State Government was embarking upon the eco-tourism activities in Banjar area in a big way adding that inspection hut in Shoja, Forest Rest Houses in Jibhi and Banjar were being refurnished without disturbing the traditional structure of the same. He said that the trek route to Lambri was to be improved.
Shri Roy said that Government was taking adequate measures to protect the environment en-route Rohtang Pass and tourists are regulated beyond Manali. He said that to attract more tourists to the area 30 camping sites at Bahu, Gada-Gushani, Deori and Sainj with modern facilities were being set up and asserted that the endeavour of Tourism Department was to divert about 20 percent of tourist traffic to these places so that the tourists would be dispersed in conformity with the carrying capacity of environmental sensitive valley. He said that similar activities were being taken in Solang Nullah, Kothi and Rohtang to facilitate the tourists.
Chief Secretary said that trekking routes from Beas Nullah to Sagu water fall and Gulaba to Bhrigu lake were being restored. He said that wooden bridges were being repaired and trout fishing was be cropped in a scientific manner.
Shri Roy said that parking space near Art Gallery Naggar was being improved for more vehicles. He said that keeping in view the demand for world class auditorium in Manali, a convention Centre would be developed with housing capacity of 500 persons alongwith a provision of parking of 150 vehicles.
He said that the present Green Tax Barrier was to be replaced with the State of Art Tourist Facilitation Centre besides beautifying Manali town. He said that a Water Sports Centre was proposed to come up at Pandoh. He said that 200 parking slots would be developed in Kullu.
Shri Roy thanked the Government of India for sanctioning first Mega Tourism Project worth Rs. 34 crore for the State.
Press note: Information & Public Relation, HP Govt.
Himachal to Set up 100 Swachhta Cafés Worth Rs. 10 Crore to Promote Traditional Cuisine, Collect Tonnes of Single-Use Plastic
Shimla-Swachhta cafe would be set up in Himachal Pradesh with an estimated cost of around Rs. 10 crores by the year 2023. The State Government would set up around 100 such cafes. Ten such “Swachhta Café” would be set up at important locations of the state with an estimated cost of rupees one crore with a target to collect 25 tonnes of single-use plastic items from different parts of the state by end of this financial year.
It was informed by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar recently.
Under this “Swachta Café” program, plastic waste will be purchased from the ragpickers, individuals collecting waste from households and urban local bodies at Rs. 75 per kilogram in exchange for food or other eatable items to motivate the ragpickers and individuals to keep their surroundings clean.
The Swachhta cafe will be constructed under “Village Haat Scheme” where women will be facilitated to sell medicinal plants, such as giloye, peppermint, powder of neem leaves and homemade pickles, murabba, wheat flour, pulses, spices and vegetable vat reasonable prices.
The women running the Swachhta Cafe will be given training in the hospitality sector to enable them to cook popular traditional cuisine to maintain original flavour and taste of the dishes. Around 100 such women will be trained by the hospitality experts during the current financial year, he informed.
He further informed that a target has been fixed to train around five thousand women belonging to self-help groups in the next three years in the hospitality sector to run these cafes.
The first Swachhta Café was inaugurated at Gram Panchayat Radiali in Nalagarh area in Solan, which is to be run by women self-help groups and another cafe would be opened at Naggar in Kullu Districts. Under the scheme, if a person brings more plastic waste then he can use the surplus money for dining in next time in the cafe.
Minister said that the programme aims that villages are made completely free of single-use plastic in coming years and the entire state will be covered under the scheme in a phased manner in coming years.
HP Tourism to Cook 1100 kg ‘Khichari’ at Tattapani to Promote Tourism
Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department will organise ‘Tourism Festival’ on the occasion of Makar Sakranti on January 14, 2020, at Tattapani. It would be organised in collaboration with district Mandi Administration. This was disclosed by Director Tourism Department Yunus while presiding a meeting today.
He said that the objective of organizing this tourism festival is to promote Tattapani as a tourist destination. He said that for first-time tourism festival was being organised at Tattapani to make it tourism destination for Indian and Foreign tourists.
He informed that during this event, Water Sports, Satluj Aarti and cultural programmes would also be organised. On this occasion, 1100 kilogram’ Khichari’ would also be cooked and it would be especially cooked in a single utensil, he added.
This is for the first time in Himachal Pradesh that Khichari would be cooked in such large quantity and will be served to about 12,000 to 15,000 people. Special buses would also be plied by the Transport Department to reach Tattapani Tourism Festival from Mandi and Shimla on Makar Sakranti.
SDM Karsog, District Tourism Officer Mandi, representatives of NTPC, HPTDC, Language, Art and Culture Department and Tattapani Panchayat participated in the meeting among others.
ADB funds Rs. 1900 crore tourism project for Himachal
The design of the project is based on the detailed baseline data, a study conducted of 324 sites in 12 districts of the state, suggestions obtained from about 90,000 tourists.
Shimla: The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India has approved a tourism infrastructure development project worth about Rs. 1900 crores to be funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for development of tourism infrastructure in the urban and rural areas of Himachal Pradesh.
With the help of this ADB funded project, the state would develop tourism in rural, unexplored areas and improve the infrastructure of the towns and also generate employment for the local youths and showcase Himachal as the best natural tourist destination state, the State Government informed.
Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism Ram Subhag Singh further informed the project would be completed in eight years.
The project is supposed to focus on diversification of tourism to new and rural areas by developing tourism infrastructure, create livelihood and employment opportunities through rural, adventure and ecotourism.
The project also mentions the application of innovative models like incentive-based mechanisms for community-based tourism activities, augmentation of services like water supply, sewerage, solid waste, skill development related to the tourism sector, advertising and marketing etc.
He claimed it would be one of the finest examples of sustainable tourism in the Himalayan States.
The project will have both hard and soft components and will include beautification of towns, development of unexplored areas, conservation and restoration of heritage buildings, infrastructure development in adventure, eco, rural tourism with an emphasis on community participation and employment generation.
The design of the project is based on the detailed baseline data, a study conducted of 324 sites in 12 districts of the state and suggestions obtained from about 90,000 tourists and designed in line with sustainable tourism guideline for the Himalayan States.
The Government said the Department of Economic Affairs was satisfied with the performance and progress of the State on the ongoing ADB funded project of about Rs.600 crores.
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