Shimla: Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal categorically stated that the Himalayan Ski Village project in Kullu-Manali would be allotted in a transparent manner by inviting competitive international bids.
Responding to a My Himachal News query the chief minister said “the Himalayan Ski Village projects in its present shape was not acceptable to the government. “We have opposed the project from the start on the grounds that it has not been allotted in a transparent process,” he said. The government was reviewing the whole project proposal, he added.
The government would also awaiting the courts verdict in the matter as a public interest litigation on the proposed project was pending before the state high court, he said.
Other conditions for having a ski village in the heights of Manali included that the project put forth a detailed environment impact assessment (EIA) report and obtain clearance from the defence ministry for having such a resort close to an international border, said the chief minister.
Speaking about SEZ, Dhumal said the government would welcome investments but would not allow use of agricultural land for the purpose as the state was deficient in cultivable land.