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Important decisions taken in the 22nd meeting of the Tourism Development Council

Dehradun : In the 22nd meeting of Uttarakhand Tourism Development Council, many important decisions were taken to promote tourism and cultural activities in the state. In the meeting chaired by Tourism Minister Shri Satpal Maharaj, he directed the officials to expedite the development works for the purpose of promoting tourism and to bring Uttarakhand on the international level tourism map.

Along with this, it was decided to send a proposal to the government for the creation of a total of 94 additional posts in the framework of the Tourism Development Council. After the meeting, Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj said that a total budget provision of Rs 55.00 crore has been made to conduct the activities of the Tourism Development Council for the financial year 2022-23.

Along with this, a proposal for creation of total 94 additional posts has been sent to the government in the framework of Tourism Development Council. Satpal Maharaj said that in the meeting a proposal was made to organize Paragliding, Mountain Terrain Biking, Adventure Summit, Skiing Championship, Tehri Lake Festival, Yoga Festival etc. in the state. Apart from this, a provision of Rs 30.00 crore has been made for the promotion of tourism of the state through print media, electronic media, social media, PR agency, travel marts, road shows.

The Tourism Minister said that under the Hunar Se Rozgar Yojana, a target has been set to train 200 persons for cooking, service, housekeeping, fruit office etc. Along with this, it was decided to provide training to Kairavan Tourism, Tea Garden Tourism, Home Stay Tourism, Nature Guide etc.

The meeting included Ganga Kayak Festival at Rishikesh, Canoeing Festival at Tehri, Kayaking Championship at Baur Reservoir, Yoga Mahotsav, Chhota Kailash Mountaineering Expedition, Track of the Year at Pindari as well as High & Low altitude trekking training.

The proposal was agreed upon. In the meeting, a proposal of Rs 1.50 crore master plan has been passed for conducting tourism activities in Auli. In the meeting, a proposal for waiver of rent for units operating in PPP mode was proposed in view of the lockdown during covid-19.

Decisions were taken in the meeting on double laning of George Everest road, construction of Satpuli car parking, reconstruction of Kanvashram, construction of Kedarnath Dham Yatri Shelter, purchase of electric vehicle for the department, tendering for security of the premises of tourism headquarters etc. The projects that have been started were also discussed in the council meeting. It was informed in the meeting that under the agreement signed with National Highway Logistics Management Limited, survey has been started for ropeway between Panch Koti to Bauri, Balati Band to Khalia Top, Rishikesh to Neelkanth, Auli to Gausaun and Ranibagh to Hanuman Garh Mandir.

Apart from this, work on the ropeway for Kedarnath and Hemkund has been started. Infra) PK Patro, KMVN Managing Director Atar Singh, Public Works Department Additional Secretary Vineet Tomar, Energy Department Deputy Secretary Prakash Chandra Joshi, Board members Jagdish Chandra, Basant Singh Bisht, Kishore Kumar Yadav, Uttara Bisht, Meera Raturi, UTDB Director (Infra) Lt. Commander Deepak Khanduri, Additional Director Vivek Singh Chauhan, Additional Director and Working President Poonam Chand, Deputy Director Yogendra Kumar Gangwar and officials of tourism and other departments were present.

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