Shimla: In one-day Seminar on Masroor Temple, Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal stated to promote the rich heritage of the Masroor Temple and Pong Dam nationally and inter-nationally by organising school tours to the places.
Rs. 71 crore would be spent over development of tourism infrastructure in Kangra Circuit in two phases with the 95 million dollar loan being procured from Asian Development Bank, he added.
The seminar was organised by the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Language and Culture Department at Dharamshala. He said that the state had approached best of the public schools throughout the country to organise conducted tours of their students to visit Himachal to see in person apple orchards and hydel projects to add to their basic knowledge.
Prof. Dhumal said that the objective behind organising such a Seminar was to draw the attention of the world towards the vast heritage potential State had for heritage lovers. He said that tourism was the fastest growing economic activity in the world having potential to generate vast employment and self-employment avenues to the youth.
Chief Minister said that State had invaluable 40 kms. Clear water in Pong Dam Maharana Pratap Sagar capable of attracting any water sports lover to explore the potential. He said that State had 1.31 crore tourists during last year out of which large number were foreigners. He appealed to the local entrepreneurs to set up eco-friendly hospitality units in Masroor area wherein the State Government would extend every possible help. He said that Home Stay could be one of the concept introduced by the State to rope in villagers in rural tourism promotion activities which had been exempted from various leviable taxes.
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