By Vinit Wahi
Department of Economic Affairs, Union Ministry of Finance, has approved a Tourism Infrastructure Development Project of about Rs. 1900 crores to be funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the development of Tourism Infrastructure for the urban and rural areas of Himachal Pradesh. Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram, Thakur informed about this in Shimla today
He said that with this new ADB funded project it would be possible to develop tourism in rural, unexplored areas and improve the infrastructure of the towns and also able to generate employment for the local youths and showcase Himachal as the best Natural Tourist destination state, according to a state government spokesperson here.
Earlier, Ram Subhag Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Tourism made a presentation of this project in the Department of Economic Affairs today and informed that the project will be completed in duration of eight years. The Project will be focused on diversification of tourism to new and rural areas by developing Tourism infrastructure, create livelihood and employment opportunities (in themes like rural, adventure and ecotourism) and application of innovative models like incentive based mechanisms for community based tourism activities.
The Project has been designed based on the detailed baseline data, 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 Himalayan States. The Department of Economic Affairs was satisfied with the performance & progress of the State on the ongoing ADB Funded project of about Rs.600 crores .
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