Tribune News Service
Shimla, June 1
The Himachal Government will soon invite global tenders for the Chanshal Ski Resort Project in Rohru for development of longest ski slopes in the world.
Stating this at a press conference, Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, said it would be the second major project for the development of winter sports in the state after the Himalayan Ski Village Project. He said the government was keen to open up the unexplored interior areas of the state which had a vast potential for development of tourism.
Besides Chanshal the government also proposed to develop new destinations at Kalka Pattan and Basal Kanda which had some of the most enchanting alpine meadows. It had been noticed that the tourists, particularly foreigners, were more keen on visiting the interior areas. Last year over four lakh foreigners visited the state and most of them ventured into tribal areas.
He made it clear that the Himalayan Ski Company would not be given exemption under the Land Tenancy Act and it would have to take the permission from the government to sell or lease out cottages.
The Chief Minister said the recent hailstorms had caused extensive damage to agriculture and fruit crops. The apple and mango crops had suffered maximum damage. The exact loss was being assessed.