Uttarakhand to prepare tourism master plan

The Uttarakhand government will prepare an action plan for the tourism sector, hit badly by the Covid-19 lockdown.

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has instructed officials to prepare an action plan for tourism, via an online meeting over the weekend. Ashwini Lohani, advisor to the Chardham Devasthanam Board and Subhash Goyal, general secretary of the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) were present during the meeting.

“There is a need to encourage tourism apart from the peak tourist period, especially in places located on the travel route. Suggestions of pilgrims and locals should also be obtained on the proposed master plan of Badrinath Dham,” said the chief minister.

During the video conferencing, Lohani stressed on the need to develop Uttarakhand tourism as a brand. He also mentioned that a lot of potential is there in the rich wildlife of the state.

Goyal said that special attention should be paid to high end tourism in Uttarakhand. In this, cooperation of the tourism industry and related institutions should also be taken.

During the meeting, tourism secretary Dilip Jawalkar gave detailed information about various dimensions of tourism in Uttarakhand and the ongoing projects in the state

He apprised the chief minister and the officials about the Chardham Devasthanam Board, home stay policy, adventure tourism, ropeway projects and 13 districts 13 destinations project. Jawalkar also gave a presentation on the master plan for Badrinath Dham.