Himalayan Tourist Circuit gets Rs. 100 crores for development including a heliport in Shimla
Shimla – In a meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Board held on August 4, 2017, a sum of Rs 100 crore was sanctioned for the ‘Himalayan Tourist Circuit’ paving way for 14 tourism related projects to be developed in the State. The meeting was chaired by the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
The shortlisted projects under the circuit include convention centre at Kiarighat in Solan district at a cost of around Rs 25 crore, Seven crores ‘Heliport’ at Shimla to be constructed somewhere near Sanjauli- Dhalli bypass, Rs. 4 crores each for ‘Village Haat’ at Kangra including beautification of Dal lake, Rs. 3 crores for ‘free climbing’ standing wall of International standard at Manali, Rs. 3 crores for Saurav Kalia Van Vihar, development of water sports facilities at Suni in Shimla district.
The Heliport at Shimla is coming up on a hill plateau and would also have indoor and outdoor exists besides landing facility for private choppers.
Agreements for four ropeway projects namely, Rs.150 crore Dharamshala-Macleodganj, Rs. 289 crore Adi-Himani-Chamunda, Rs. 340 crore Palchaan-Rohtang and around Rs. 94 crore Bhuntar- Bijli Mahadev, has been signed on ‘Built Operate Transfer’ (BOT) basis, was informed at the meeting.
It was informed that the ropeway projects from Sarahan to Bashal Kanda connecting Kinnaur district, Bharmour to Bharmani Mata, Toba to Naina Devi in Bilaspur and Shah-Talai to Deot Sidh in Hamirpur were in bidding stages.
The removal of hoardings and posters around Maha-Mritunjay temple in Mandi was also ordered.
The Chief Minister directed for speeding up the process of restoration and refurbishment of Bantony Castle. Besides, a lawn and park the old building could be used as a Museum to showcase the history and culture of all the districts.
As per announcements, a sum of Rs 40 lakh was reserved for the lift at Bhalei Mata Temple in Chamba, Rs. 50 lakh for construction of Narain- Nagin temple at Kalpa, Rs 48 lakh for parking at Spilo in district Kinnaur and a sum of Rs 25 lakh for development and beautification of Nau-Naag lake in Sarpada in district Shimla.
A sum of Rs. 14 crores was sanctioned for the infrastructure projects like parking, beautification of temples, public places, parks etc.