Uttarakhand Govt plans to infuse Rs 10,000 cr in Tourism Sector
Govt to spend half the sum on reviving infrastructure of lakes and promoting adventure tourism The Uttarakhand government plans to invest Rs. 10,000 crore to revive the tourism industry during the next five years. A 14 km ropeway at Kedaranath is part of the plan. The government will spend half the sum in reviving the lake infrastructure and promoting adventure tourism. It will spend the rest on development of other to bring them on a par with International standars. The state government will also announce incentives for the hospitality industry. These facts were revealed at a national meet of tourism ministers of Himalayan states for drawing up a joint stategy for promoting tourism. State tourism minister Amrita Rawat represented the state at the meeting. She said the state government's plan aims to bring the economy back on track. Rawat said, "Almost 90% of the popular tourist destinations like Mussourie, Nainital, Rishikesh and Haridwar have not been affected by the June flash floods. They are safe for tourists. Only 10 % tourist places on the route of the Char Dham pilgrimage have been affected but adverse media reports have prevented tourists from coming."