Legendary Dronagiri village attracts government focus

  • Arvind Moudgil, Hindustan Times, Joshimath
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2016 19:55 IST
The Nandi Kund lake. (HT Photo)

A team of 25 officials, led by Garhwal additional commissioner Harak Singh, on Thursday will trek from Chamoli district’s Jumma village to Dronagiri — the legendary village mentioned in the Ramayana as the home of the sanjeevani booti — and will assess how to turn the region into a tourist attraction.

“Officials from the public works department, Uttarakhand renewable energy development agency, Jal Sansthan, Jal Nigam, health department and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam will see how best they can improve the facilities to make the Dronagiri valley a popular destination,” Singh said.

Apart from its religious value, the valley has a beautiful trek to Nandi Kund (lake) and Bagni glaciers from Dronagiri, and every year more than 1,000 tourists trek in this area.

About 50 families still live in Dronagiri village that migrate to village Maithana and Birhi in the lower ranges to escape the severe winters from November till April. However, there is no electricity in the area. A proposed approach road from Jumma to Dronagiri — a distance of 6 km — has only partially begun. The team of officials will focus on the all-round improvement of the area, with an eye upon promotion of tourism and employment opportunities.

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