Proper coordination between tourism and forest department must to develop trek roots and promote other tourism activities: CM

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IEP Dehradun

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Friday reviewed the implementation of the Chief Minister’s announcements in the assembly constituencies of Pithoragarh and Champawat districts through video conferencing at secretariat. Cabinet Minister and Pithoragarh MLA Prakash Pant, Cabinet Ministers Madan Kaushik, Arvind Pandey, MLA Didihat Bishan Singh Chufal, MLA Dharchula Harish Dhami, MLA Lohaghat Puran Singh Fartyal and MLA Gangolihat Meena Gangola were also present in the review meeting.

While taking information about the reasons behind the slow progress of the Mini Stadium in Sosa in Dharchula, Chief Minister made it clear to the district level officers that the report being sent to the government must be based on concrete action and field inspection. Officers should take their responsibilities seriously. He instructed the Secretary Youth Welfare to seek an explanation from the officials responsible for the negligence.

CM issued instructions to work seriously on developing Munsiyari as an agricultural biological hub, promoting the products made from the local species plants, developing Aromatic clusters and work plan for the production of the Puja Samagri made from the local plants. It was informed by the concerned officials that DPR of Gunji drinking water scheme will be ready witin a week’s time and it will get approval by next month. Construction work of parking and modern toilets in Dharchula are in progress.

CM laid stress on proper coordination between tourism and forest department to develop trek roots and promote other tourism activities in Champawat and other hill areas of the state. It is very important to have good coordination between Forest and Tourism Department. Constituted under the Forest Department, Eco-Tourism Corporation can play an effective role in developing trek routes and promotion of tourism.

It was informed by the official that work of developing tea estates by Tea Development Board in Champawat district through NABARD is in progress. Tea estates are being developed through NABARD in 600 hectare area in five districts of the state.

In Gangolihat, taking strong exception to the delay in construction of the Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Park and Prerna Kendra Berinag, CM issued strict orders to the officials to ensure the implementation of these announcements on priority basis.

During the review of the announcements made for the Lohaghat assembly constituency, CM directed the Tourism Department to work on the action plan to develop Vivekananda tourism circuit in Lohaghat and adjoining areas. Chief Minister said that this year is special as it marks the completion of the 125 years of Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech in Chicago. In order to preserve the memories of Swami Vivekananda in Uttarakhand, this work should be done.  In places where Swami Vivekananda visited and resided in the state, they should be developed in terms of tourism under the Vivekananda Circuit. The personal property of Swami Vivekananda in the Bageshwar should also be protected by the government. It was informed by the officials that the work of upgradation of Animal Service Centre in Lohaghat has been completed. Administrative and financial approval has been given for the construction of Kolidek lake and a sum of Rs. 8 crores has been released.

On the issue of the construction of parking in Pithoragarh, Rawat said that parking arrangements in hill areas should be taken seriously. CM directed the installation of light and sound systems in the fort at Pithoragarh and making historical museums. Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash, Principal Secretary Manisha Panwar, Anand Bardhan, Secretary Dr Bhupinder Kaur Aulakh and others were present in the meeting.

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