Himachal Pradesh registers 10.26 pc increase in tourist's footfall
Himachal Pradesh registered growth of 10.26 per cent of tourists footfall till the end of October 2012 as 1.46 Crore domestic tourists visited the state against the target of 1.50 crore for this year.
Addressing Media persons here today, Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh Sudiripta Roy said that due to economic slow down, international and domestic tourism was registering reverse swing in the world and country but it was growing in state of Himachal with rate 4 per cent in foreign tourists.
He, however, accepted that state did not remained immune from economic slow down as its international travelers came down drastically by 7 per cent compared to domestic sector registering upswing of 10.26 per cent.
"The growth in the state in the domestic traveler has been of the highest in the country although it has also seen down swing of around 3 per cent in other states," He said.
Mr Roy stressed the need to improve the quality infrastructure to tourists as 75 new parking lots having capacity to park more than 2000 vehicles are being constructed by the department as parking has most bizarre situation in the congested tourists destinations across the state due to unique topography.
The construction of 32 parking lots is under way rest 43 were in the pipelines to be completed soon after identifying suitable space in the towns soon he said adding that Rs 452.
27 lakh three mega parking are being constructed at Tourist destination Dalhousie, Dharmshala and Shimla.
The wayside amenities are being developed at 40 places throughout state as each way side amenity has the provisions of Information Center, Cafeteria, Toilet, Souvenir shop, clock Roo, and Parking and others.
He disclosed that Union Government remained graces to released ample fund to state as it has recently released fresh installment of Rs 34 crore funds to state to extend these facility.
Center had been earlier issued Rs 80 crore to department out of which it was executing the left out fund of Rs 52 crore would be utilised till the end of Dec 31, 2012, he said.
He said in order to minimise the untoward incident of crime and law and order in the state having surplus power would represent before the center to provide funds for high mast light for the safety of people in large number.
He said department has also constituted three-member committee comprising former Union Secretary Anil Kumar, former Chief secretary Asha Swroop and Mr Vijay Chaterjee has been constituted to assist the department to peruse the new project with center with more pace.
He said efforts are continue to start Air India flights at Shimla, Kullu and Dharmshala as he himself would met with Civil Aviation Secretary of India K N Srivastav to expedite the matter on December 14, 2012 at New Delhi.
The Chief secretary said 12 rural package have been designed by Himachal Pradesh tourism Development Corporation to decongest from major tourists destination and sell 12 rural circuits under 'Har Gaon Ki Kahani' scheme would be operationalised by February 2-13.
He said a New coffee table book on water conservation of erstwhile Shimla town would be released on January 2 next year by the department.
Terming the tourism as flagship guiding sector in the state economy chief secretary said that ASI protected anicent Masoor Temple in Kangra district of Himahcal Pradesh being developed as tourism heritage cite to attract tourists after organising a annual tourists fair or festival near the monument on the analogy of Khajuraho Dance Festival of Orissa.