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State raises demand for international airport

HT Correspondent  Shimla, August 21, 2014
First Published: 20:31 IST(21/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:32 IST(21/8/2014)

In the national conference of state tourism ministers on Thursday, the Himachal Pradesh government raised the demand for an international airport facility.

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The government also demanded that a separate authority for the promotion of tourism activities in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Leh and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir be constituted.

State Tourism Development Board vice-chairman Vijay Singh Mankotia said Himachal Pradesh was one of the prime tourist destinations in the country and there was need for strengthening air services in the state.

He said flights for Shimla, Bhuntar and Kangra were not regular and as a result, high-end tourists were unable to visit the state.

He also demanded that more airstrips be developed and an international airport in the state be constructed to cater to the needs of domestic and foreign tourists.

Mankotia also stressed on the need to commission a survey on ancient temples and monuments of archeological importance in the state. He also emphasised on the proper maintenance of such monuments by the Archeological Department of India.

He urged the union tourism ministry to increase the time period for submitting utility certificates to obtain the amount released by the ministry by minimum 36 months as such projects were usually delayed due to unfavourable geographical conditions in the state.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley was the chief guest at the event while union minister of state for tourism and culture Shripad Naik presided over the conference.

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