Shimla: The state has been able to bag Rs 22.93 crore funding for two project from the central government for developing integrated rural tourism circuits, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal revealed on Saturday after receiving an sanction letter.
While the first project worth Rs 14.93 crores involves creating circuit community centre, picnic spots, toilets, park area and shelters and other tourist related amenities in chosen villages and panchayats of Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Una, Shimla, Sirmaur and Solan districts, the second worth Rs 8 crore has been sanctioned for integrated development of Jubbarhatti-Arki-Nalagarh circuit, said Dhumal.
Against the first project, the centre has already released about Rs 12 crore and against he second project an amount of Rs 6.40 crore has been released, he added.
Under rural tourism the villages of Bassi, Vijaypur, Bachretu villages in Bilaspur district, Chaminu, Banikhet villages of Chamba district; Bhonkar village in Hamirpur district; Masroor, Trilokpur, Baijapur, Khaniara, Solda Jwali villages in Kangra district; Bhekhli, Jibhi, Chail, Tillru villages in Kullu district; Gram Panchayat Gharwasra and Chauntra, Richhli villages in Mandi district; Dhami, Khusala, Mashobra, Bhaber villages in Shimla district; Deedag, Kaffota villages in Sirmour district and Batal, Kandaghat villages in Solan district had been picked out.
He said that Nari, Basoli, Bangarh, Chattara, Raipur, Sanoli Majra, in Una Sub-Division, Talmehra, Piploo, Boul, Maidan, Bharmouti, Kothi in Bangana area, Suboana, Ispur, Panjawar, Palkwah, Kante in Haroli area, Amlehar, Ambota, Nakroh, Bhaderkali, Joh, Solon Beri in Gagret area and Dharamshala Mahanta, Badhmana, Lahara, Check Sarai, Mairi, Pollian Purohitan, Chhaproh villages in Amb area of district Una would be provided with picnic sites and beautification activities under the project
The Jubbarhatti-Arki-Nalagarh circuit involves developing of camping sites and creation of wayside amenities at different station. He said that solid waste and garbage management activities would also be undertaken at Nalagarh and Baddi areas and a tourist reception centre would be constructed at Baddi.
This project aims at creation of quality infrastructure of basic amenities to cater to the requirements of the visitors and the local population, he added.
Besides these project, the state was also in the process of rolling out a Rs 442 crore tourism project that has been approved by Asian Development Bank for overall up-gradation of tourism infrastructure in different parts of the state, said the chief minister.