Chandigarh: Rs 16 cr for upgradation of tourism projects

CHANDIGARH: Paving the way for a tourism boom in the city, the ministry of tourism, government of India, has released the highest ever Central aid of Rs 16 crore for new projects.

This was informed by home secretary Ram Niwas during a meeting with top officials on Friday.

Niwas said the move will enable upgradation of the city’s main attractions, including Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden, eco tourism park-cum-botanical garden, Patiali-Ki-Rao and developing new gardens in the southern sectors. Earlier, the government had sanctioned a Central assistance of Rs 11.5 crore to promote tourism infrastructure.

According to information, the administration had received Rs 4.51 crore for development of garden of palms and children adventure park near the lake in sector-42, besides Valley of Animals and Sunken Garden in sector 50.

Sources said Sukhna Lake will also get a face-lift wherein the seating area and flooring will be replaced with pavit tiles and red stone.

Work at the lake will start from the entrance, near CITCO’s cafeteria, and progress towards the bandstand on the lake promenade. The regulator end of the lake shall have a new tourist reception centre which shall blend with the natural environs.

The island at Sukhna will be beautifully landscaped along with illumination of the open hand. The project will entail an expenditure of about of Rs 5 crore. Niwas also directed the chief engineer to develop four new eco tourist tree tops huts at the botanical garden along with other tourism infrastructure like medical tourism huts, public conveniences, signages and illumination. The tourist reception centre will also house exhibits related to flora and fauna in and around the Kansal and Nepli forest area.

The home secretary said this would enable the botanical garden at Sarangpur to emerge as a major tourist. Likewise, the nearby Dhanas lake would also be upgraded. The MOT has sanctioned Rs 3.89 crores for this project. Rose Garden will also get a facelift before the Rose Festival kicks off in February. Around 400 new varieties of flowers will be put up for display. New fountains will be installed at the garden. The ministry has sanctioned Rs 2.5 crore for the project. Meanwhile, the garden of palm will have a park equipped with adventure tourism and cycling infrastructure.

From TOI

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