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Tourism top most priority: CM

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 01:38 IST
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CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said tourism would be promoted on top most priority in Madhya Pradesh. Tourism development activities would receive unprecedented boost in next one year, he added.

The Chief Minister was reviewing the progress of efforts being made to spur tourism development activities here at Mantralaya on Tuesday. Chouhan took stock of the progress of road construction being carried out at a cost of Rs 55 crore to interconnect 17 tourist centres. He directed to complete this work within scheduled time.

According to an official press release, Chouhan said all necessary facilities would be provided to promote religious tourism at Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Mahakaleshwar, Orchha, Amarkantak and other important religious places. Different activities would be taken up at the islands of Indira Sagar dam, which would attract large number of tourists.

Efforts would be made to further add to the attraction of the Upper Lake in Bhopal. Facilities would be provided for hotels, shopping malls and other entertainment programmes at tourist spots to facilitate comfortable stay to the tourists and to boost economic activities.

The Chief Minister directed the PWD officials to complete the construction and repair work of roads interconnecting the tourist places. He laid special stress on improvement of Bhopal-Sanchi, Udaigiri-Udaipur, Indore-Mandu, Indore-Ratlam-Mandsaur, Jhansi-Khajuraho, Bhopal-Gwalior and Indore-Gwalior roads to attract more tourists to Madhya Pradesh.

Minister for Tourism Yashodhara Raje Scindia said a memorandum of understanding has been signed for operation of Volvo buses for tourist places in Madhya Pradesh. Air traffic has also been extended. Now an Indian Airlines flight is available for Khajuraho on all days of the week. Other places were also being connected to air traffic.

A sum of Rs 5.50 crore will be spent on extension of facilities at Panna National Park. Another cruise boat would be launched in Bargi. One cruise boat each would be launched in Tighara reservoir in Gwalior and at Shivpuri.

A work-plan worth about Rs 122 crore had been chalked out for tourism infrastructure development and work on this would start soon. The Oberoi Group of Hotels would soon start a heritage hotel in Rajgarh Palace near Khajuraho. Private sector’s participation is being promoted in tourism sector, she added.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director Ashwani Lohani, Public Works Department Secretary S J S Tulsi, PWD Engineer-in-Chief Anand Selat and Secretary to the Chief Minister Anurag Jain also attended the meeting.