CM Rawat bats for Uttarakhand Tourism in Mumbai
Mumbai / Dehradun:
Chief Minister Harish Rawat today assured both the domestic as well as foreign tourists that the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand is completely safe. The government has taken adequate steps to ensure safety of the pilgrims on this route. The CM of Uttarakhand said this in a press conference in Mumbai. Earlier, Mr. Rawat visited the exhibition at Sports and Exhibition Centre, Goregaon. He said that such fair’s encourage state’s tourism business. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Rawat then headed to Vashi for building inspection and review systems of the land allocated for construction of Uttarakhand Bhavan. He instructed the post-Department of Tourism and State officials that work on Uttarakhand building should start soon. Special care should be taken to the mountain handicraft art he added further.
Uttarakhand Tourism slowly getting back on its feet
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Rawat said that we welcome tourists from not only India but also the whole world to a safe and secure Uttarakhand. He said the government is now prepared to tackle a 2013 disaster like situation. Opening of the gates of Lord Badri is slated to take place on April 26, 2015. The state government has taken great care for the convenience of passengers. Special arrangements are being made by the government for the Kedarnath Dham Yatra. Pucca (bricks and cement) housing for 1,500 passengers and 1,000 tents has been provided. The Government hopes to have better amenities in Kedaranath this time. Trekking route is better designed. Heli Service, helipads, the pier has been constructed for the convenience of passengers. 25 percent of the grant will be provided to the elderly over the age of 60 traveling by the copter from Guptkashi to Kedarnath. The cost will be borne by the state government. Also the Badrikedar temple committee will be organizing free meals (langar) for the pilgrims.
Tourist amenities looked after along the Char Dham route
The government will also encourage the hotel business and for that it will exempt the tax for a year. In order to get affordable accommodation for the travellers. S.D.R.F personnel will be deployed en route the destinations from the security point of view. The medical team will available along the travel route. Passengers will be registered through biometric registration. Tower have been set up on places with connectivity issues. Further, PCO’s are also being installed to boost connectivity. The government on its part is ready, and is doing its best in reconstruction work at Kedarnath, despite the odd. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering has done a commendable job in this regards.The CM said that his government aims to completely rebuild Kedarnath before the Chardham season starts. He hoped that domestic and international travellers will come in record breaking numbers in 2015. To encourage tourism in the state, the government plans to launch soon the “Himalayan Darshan” scheme.
The CM commended the travellers who came to the state inspite of the tragedy that fell upon the state a year back. Kedarnath reconstruction work is still in progress. Road is being developed from Rambadha to Lincoli. Also, a new path has been created to Kedarnath from Bimbli and bridges are being built. 3-year program for the development of Kedarnath is made, the first step is to spend Rs 1,600 crore. Expenditure of about Rs 7,000 crore is expected in the second step. CM Rawat also appealed for help from the central government. The state government has launched “mere buzurg mere teerth” (pilgrimage for my old) scheme through which the state is providing free Chardham tour for the elders. The state government has developed a concrete action plan for the state’s development and is working on it. Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that he invites all the tourists and pilgrims to Uttarakhand. He concluded with the lines, “Dev Bhoomi is ready to welcome you all”.
Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Dinesh Dhanai, Badrikedarnath Temple Committee Chairman Godiyal Ganesh, Uttarakhand Tourism Secretary Dr. Umakant Panwar and other officials were also present on the occasion.