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Soon, 24-hr helpline for foreign tourists

delhi Updated: Mar 20, 2008 03:08 IST
Amitabh Shukla
Amitabh Shukla
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Delhi government has decided to tighten security for foreign tourists in the Capital. Delhi Tourism Minister Arvinder Singh on Wednesday announced in the Delhi Assembly that the state government in collaboration with Delhi Police would set up a 24-hour helpline for foreign tourists.

Replying to a volley of questions from members of the ruling party as well as the Opposition, the minister said the government planned to take several other steps to make Delhi a “tourist friendly” city. He said the department was in touch with the police to start the helpline at the earliest.

“We will soon bring a Bill in the Assembly through which action would be taken against touts who harass foreign tourists,” Singh said. He said states, where a large number of tourists go, have laws to deal with the touts. “The tourists take a bad impression back home due to the touts. We want to check this,” he told media persons on the proposed Bill.

The minister also said Tourist Police are outside prominent tourist places. “We have also set-up information kiosks at 15 prominent places in the city so that foreign tourists do not have to depend on anyone to get information,” he said.