A Government Spokesman said in Shimla that the present State Government was implementing the developmental works keeping in view the safeguard of our environment and added that it has also been ensured that degradation of environment would not be allowed at any cost while carrying out the developmental activities in the State.
He said that State had about Rs. one lakh crore forest wealth and the people of the State derived the direct benefits of worth Rs. 1,000 crore every year out of it.
He said that Himachal Pradesh was the 1st State in the country which imposed ban on green felling way back in last three decades which not only protected the environment of the State but also maintain the water level in rivers flowing in the State.
The Spokesman said that Government has also decided to implement areas-wise tourism projects in different districts of the State which include Ski Village Project for Kullu district, development of Chanshal slopes for skiing, Buddhist tourist circuits, Kangra-Chamba- Mandi- Bilaspur
Spokesman said that State Government would get Rs. 10 crore revenue from the proposed Ski village ambitious project in Kullu district in the 1st year which would be about Rs. 100 crore by 2013-14.
He said that 3500 employment avenues would be generated and 70 percent job opportunities given to Himachalis in this project.
He said that besides a vocational training institute would be set up at Manali by the project authority which would provide training to the youth in adventure sports activities and hospitality. He said that ski training was being imparted to the local youth and about 77 youth were also imparted training in abroad which would continue for next two years.
Commenting on recent views of famous environmentalists and crusader of Chipko Andolan Sunder Lal Bahuguna over protection of Himalayan regions, the Spokesman said that State Government ensured environment protection besides accelerating pace of development and added that misconceptions spread in this regard were far way from the reality.
He said that sea change would be witnessed in the areas with the completion of Himalayan Ski Village project and added that the Government decided to implement the project keeping in view all aspects pertaining to the project. He further said that implementation agreement was signed on 5th June, 2006 while DPR was handed over to the State Government on 3rd March, 2007.
He said that under the implementing agreement, the project authority has to invest 135 million U.S. dollar in five years duration of the project which was of Rs. 553.50 crore of Indian currency. He said that Rs. 1581.10 crore of the total investment would be spent in the initial five years on the project. He said that Ski Village Project would not only boost to the tourism activities in the areas but winter sports promoted to a great extent and the State also emerge on the winter sports map of the world.