Shimla: With a change of guard in Himachal Pradesh governance, the new BJP has questioned the basis of setting up the Himalayan Ski Village without adhering to transparency, not having obtained the clearance of the defence ministry, the impact such a large project would have on the environment and the culture of the sensitive Kullu valley.
Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal told media persons today that the governments primary concern would be the environment and cultural impact such a project would have.
He said that while allotting a prime site to the Himalayan Ski Village project in Kullu-Manali valley, norms had not been adhered to. Global bids for the project were not sought and only one proposal was considered, which appeared arbitrary, he said.
The government would take into account what was best suited for the state while considering giving out a project of this type, he added.
The Himalayan Ski Village had become a controversial project ever since it was proposed for the BJP has opposed it from the out start, citing various reasons including that such a project close to an international border was a national security threat.
The project has been put forth by Alfred Ford, a scion of famous Ford family of America, founders and owners of the Ford Motor Company. The company had initially proposed to invest about $ 300 million dollars to set up a world class winter resort, complete with gondolas, snow making machines, private air strip, chalets, five star accommodation and a handicraft mart.