Taking cue from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, Bihar government has decided to set up a special police force for giving a security cover to tourists visiting the state.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has given nod to the proposal for setting up the new force soon, put forth by the state tourism department a few days ago.
The force, to be controlled by the superintendents of police of respective districts, would be deployed at various tourist spots like Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodh Gaya, Patna, Munger and other such places to promote tourism, official sources told.
"The recruits would be imparted training on tourist management and the orientation programme will be organised by the union ministry of tourism", they said.
Besides, the state public works department would develop the eco-tourism project at Valmikinagar, they said, adding that an Austrian firm, Dopple Mayer, was preparing the ropeway project at the Pragbodhi hill, where Buddha meditated for five years before attaining enlightment.