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Govt to take steps to promote tourism: CM

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan said steps for relaxation in tax, expansion of transport facilities would be taken to promote tourism in the State. The State Government would develop the infrastructure required for growth of tourism industry.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 00:54 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan said steps for relaxation in tax, expansion of transport facilities would be taken to promote tourism in the State. The State Government would develop the infrastructure required for growth of tourism industry.

The roads approaching the world heritage sites like Sanchi, Khajuraho would be ready in three months and decisions for development of 382 tourist sites would also be taken. The Chief Minister informed this while addressing the concluding session of the travel and tourism mart ‘Destination Madhya Pradesh’ in Bhopal today.

The Chief Minister said that state’s tourism potential would be fully harnessed. A meeting with the representatives of tourism sector would soon be organised to finalise future course of action. He said efforts are on for regular air services from Khajuraho and expansion of Indore and Bhopal airports.

Minister for Tourism Yashodhara Raje Scindia suggested making old Vidhan Sabha Bhavan a convention centre. She said that the roads under construction would further boost the tourism sector. She also appreciated the interest of the Chief Minister in tourism sector. Minister for Finance Raghavji was also present.

Principal Secretary Tourism Swarnamala Rawla, Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Alka Upadhyay and experts on tourism were present.

Panel to look into proposed Narmada-Kshipra linkage’
CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday informed that a five-member committee has been constituted to conduct survey into the proposed Narmada river linkage with Kshipra.

Addressing a press conference at the circuit house in Ujjain, the CM felt that water scarcity in Malwa region could only be solved if this project turns into a reality, as there are no other alternatives. Retired secretary of Irrigation Department Government of India JR Mehrotra would head the committee whereas Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) members Nirmal Chandra (finance), VK Parikh (engineering), IC Jain (energy) would be its members.

Engineering in chief of the State water Resources Department would be the member secretary of the committee. When asked about former chief minister Digvijay Singh’s statement terming tainted officials not guilty in the scam of distributing loans without following the procedure at the MP Industrial Corporation, Chouhan said the statement showed his prejudiced attitude and added that inquiry was on in the matter and guilty officials would not be spared.

Earlier, he participated in the dedication ceremony of a girls hostel built by Sewa Bharti. He also addressed the parents-teachers meeting at School of excellence, Madhavnagar.