Shimla: With the municipal corporation here unable to execute funded projects in time, tourism department has threatened to withdraw Rs 50 lakh deposited for constructing public conveniences in the city.
After a review meeting, director tourism and civil aviation, Arun Sharma said funds had been deposited with the municipal corporation but no work to date had started. He said Rs 50 lakhs had been released for construction of toilets at New Shimla, Victory Tunnel, Sanjauli and Vikasnagar.
Besides that funds had also been provided for high mast lighting at various places including Lakkar Bazar and Bus Stand and laser lighting Chaura Maidan and Doordarshan Kendra but execution was yet to get started.
The tourism department was now asking the municipal corporation to either execute the work at the earliest or return the money so that it could execute these schemes from some other agency, said Sharma.
About the heli-taxi service, he said that it was demand driven service and joy rides in Manali were being organized on demand from tourists from time to time.