State Government committed to boost tourism industry

Dec 30, 2019 15:11 |

 

Being the backbone of state's economy, State Government is laying special impetus on strengthening tourism industry in the state.  To boost tourism sector, the State Government signed 225 MoUs worth Rs. 16000 crore in tourism sector during Global Investors' Meet and work on  almost 15 percent projects has been started. Groundbreaking ceremony of 81 projects with an investment of Rs 3322 crore in Tourism sector was performed on completion of two years tenure of state government.

Efforts are being made to make tourism sector employment-oriented for local residents and under which 2000 homestays and 3600 hotels have been registered in the state. Last year, 476 new homestay units were registered. Recently, 500 homestay owners from Solan, Shimla, Mandi, Manali, Dharamshala and Kinnaur were provided training at Institute of Hotel Management.

To provide employment to the unemployed youth, State Government has provided training to 939 people in various tourism industries such as tourist guide, taxi driver, porter, dhaba owners, food and beverage services, trekking guide, basic course of tourism, skiing course by HIMCON, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Mountaineering Institute Manali, Nature and Life Association, Mountaineering center Bharmaur and HPTDC.  

A provision of Rs. 50 crore has been made Under Nai Rahein Nai Manzilein scheme, develop the virgin lands of the State. In the first phase of the scheme, development of Janjheli of District Mandi, Chanshal of District Shimla, Bir-Biling of District Kangra, water sport activities in Largi and Pong area will be done.

To strengthen the tourism sector, Asian Development Bank has approved project worth Rs. 656.00 crore. The project will be completed in two phases/ tranches. In Tranche-I 19 sub projects were created and have been completed. In Tranche-II 11 sub projects have been created and are under progress. Another ADB aided scheme with an outlay of Rs. 1892.00 crore has also been approved for the State. This scheme includes a special package of community development, under which people of rural areas would be encouraged to set up activities related to tourism.

State Government is constructing ropeways as an alternate transport arrangement for facilitating tourists.  The upcoming ropeway projects are Dharamshala- Mcleodganj ropeway which would be completed by 2020, where as the other ropeway projects are Shri Anandpur- Shri Naina Devi ji ropeway in District Bilaspur, Aadi- Himani Chamunda ropeway in District Kangra, Palchan- Rohtang ropeway and Bijli Mahadev ropeway in District Kullu, Maa Shikari Devi ropeway in District Mandi, Shahtalai- Dayotisidh in District Bilaspur-Hamirpur and Narkanda- Hatu ropeway in District Shimla.

State Government is laying special impetus to establish airports of international standards to facilitate high-end tourists in the state. A proposal to construct international level airport at Nagchala in District Mandi is in pipeline and land has been identified for it. The State Government is taking approval from Union Government as per Greenfield Airport policy for setting up airport.  Flight services are being provided in Gaggal Airport in district Kangra, Bhuntar Airport in district Kullu and Jubbarhati Airport in district Shimla and efforts are being made to expand the airstrips of these airports.

Under Centre Government's Regional Air Connectivity Scheme- UDAN II, since February 2019, helicopter service is being provided from Jubbarhatti airport for Chandigarh-Shimla-Chandigarh and since May 2019, helicopter service is being provided for Chandigarh-Shimla-Kullu and Chandigarh-Shimla-Dharamshala through Pawan Hans Limited.