The Haryana government has decided to construct small and big check dams on the Shivalik foothills for tapping rainy water to be used for irrigation purposes.
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who was presiding over the 20th governing body meeting of the Shivalik Development Board here on Thursday, also directed the forest department to carry out a survey for the construction of small check dams and another survey by the irrigation department for construction of big check dams.
Besides, it was also decided to link Kalesar with Kalka through a metalled road to give boost to tourism in this region. For this, he directed the public works department (building and roads) to conduct a survey so that the construction work of this road could be started soon.
The Board approved a budget of `16 crore for 2015-16. Khattar, who is also the chairman of the board, said that this proposed road would not only give a major boost to tourism in this area but also ensure the overall development of the region, including Adibadri, a historical, religious and picturesque place in the foothills of the Shivaliks in Yamunanagar district.
Khattar directed the forest and tourism departments to bring their action plan in the next meeting so that schemes and programmes for the development of region could be finalised. Apart from this, deputy commissioners of three districts - Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar - would also identify places to be developed for the purpose of tourism.