The Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma held a meeting with Tourism Minister of Uttarakhand, Dinesh Dhanai in New Delhi. Meeting was a follow up of the earlier meeting of Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Harish Rawat with Dr. Mahesh Sharma to seek central assistance for development of tourism in the state.
Highlighting the potential of tourism in Uttarakhand state, Dinesh Dhanai said that state government wishes to develop tourism through an ambitious project of ropeways. He sought assistance for development of Kedarnath-Lincholi ropeway and ropeway between Tehri lake and New Tehri which provide a scenic view of the Himalayas.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma assured assistance for the Kedarnath ropeway under the PRASAD scheme and assistance for Tehri ropeway under Large Revenue Generating scheme of Ministry of Tourism. Dr. Mahesh Sharma disclosed that the Tehri lake area will be developed as a mega destination under Swadesh Darshan scheme of the Ministry of Tourism. It will also include developing of walkway around the Tehrilake, the Union minister added. Dr. Mahesh Sharma also assured Dhanai that the centre is making all efforts to provide funds for the ongoing tourism related infrastructure projects taken up by the state under PIDDC.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism and State Government were also present at the meeting.