Jharkhand woes film enthusiasts

Many of the picturesque destinations of Jharkhand will soon be on film, as the state tourism department feels it will help prospective visitors make up their minds to select their choice of place to visit when they plan their vacation.

The State tourism department has started the process of empanelling a private agency to make the films that would not only be exhibited at national and international travel marts, but also be uploaded onto the department’s website.

“The objective is to promote the famous and lesser known tourism destinations of the state through video films. As of now, we can only see stills pictures of famous tourist sites on our website. But there has been a demand from visitors about films on such destinations along with available amenities,” said Rajiv Ranjan, state tourism department joint director and general manager of Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation Limited (JTDCL).

The department prefers Hindi films, which would be subtitled or dubbed in English. “The government is also planning to show these films at major national and international events to promote tourism in the state. We hope to complete the process in the next couple of months,” added Ranjan.

The tourism department has already floated tenders for empanelling prospective agencies.