With the New Year round the corner, the tourism department has decked up tourist and picnic spots of the state and ensured basic public amenities, security and Prayatak Mitras (tourist friends) at prominent sites for the revellers, officials said on Tuesday.
“Toilets and drinking water facilities have been provided at major tourist spots. We have also renovated eating joints in Hundru,” said tourism director Suchitra Sinha.
Jharkhand High Court in 2014 directed the state government to ensure basic facilities like toilets, drinking water and children sections at major tourist spots.
The department has also decided to handover security, housekeeping, cleaning, gardening and repair to private professional agencies before the New Year.
A tender in this regard has also been floated. “We had to re-tender due to some technical problems found in the first tender. However, the agency will be hired by first week of January,” she said.
The department has sought support of local villagers and police stations to provide safety for tourists. It has also put its resources to ensure security and cleanliness at tourist places.
“More than 90 staff members, known as Prayatak Mitras, have been deployed near waterfalls such as Jonha, Hundru, Dasam, Hirni and Panchghag falls located on the outskirts of Ranchi. The staff would not only maintain the cleanliness but also provide security to visitors,” Jharkhand tourism development corporation (JTDC) managing director Sunil Kumar said.
JTDC has already provided uniform to its staff so that visitors could easily identify them for any help.
Kumar said they would hire an agency within a week to set up hanging bridge and rope in Jonha and Hundru falls. “Visitors, especially old and the children, will soon be able to reach the low lying waterfalls using a ropeway and can enjoy the view standing on hanging bridges above the fall. This will cut down the tedious task of climbing down 700 stairs,” he said adding that they would also start the sound and light show at Kanke dam within a week.
Tourists’ inflow has increased over 70-fold in the last 14 years.