State and Central tourism ministers meet to develop tourism in Uttarakhand
The Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma held a meeting with Tourism Minister of Uttarakhand, Dinesh Dhanai in New Delhi yesterday. Yesterday’s meeting was a follow up of the earlier meetings to seek central assistance for development of tourism in the state of Uttrakhand.
Dinesh Dhanai said that the state government is keen to finish the ongoing tourism related infrastructure projects at the earliest to promote tourism in the state. Dinesh Dhanai requested Dr Mahesh Sharma to allow diversion of funds released earlier for tourism projects which could not be undertaken to those incomplete projects started under the scheme of PIDDC but waiting for release of outstanding funds. . Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board has funds to the tune of Rs 14.39 Cr which can be useful for those project which are 60-70% completed, he added. The Uttarakhand state tourism minister also requested that the project of constructing a ropeway between Tehri lake and New Tehri to be included in the first phase of Swadesh Darshan Scheme itself.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma assured that the demands of the state government will be examined and all possible assistance will be extended to help the state of Uttarakhand for development of tourism.