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Thursday, 13 August, 2009, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

Himachal Pradesh to spend Rs 156.38 crore to develop Ecotourism in nine districts

According to a UNI report, Himachal Pradesh (HP) will spend Rs 156.38 crore to develop Ecotourism in nine districts of the hill state including Kullu, Shimla, Kinnuar, Bilaspur, Chamba, Lahul Spiti, Sirmour, Solan and Kangra. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh recently informed the Assembly that 18 proposals had been sent to the Centre to seek funds for new projects and the Centre had given its nod to 11 proposals and granted Rs 46,875 crore.

While replying to a query of MLA Dr Prem Singh (Congress), the Chief Minister said that under a scheme introduced in April last year, Rs 35.83 lakh had been spent in Kullu district and Rs 13.38 lakh in Shimla district. He said 18 different tourist places were being developed in the state including three tourist circuit houses, one each in Hamirpur, Solan and Naldhera and also a tourism rest house at Jogindernagar Bir Billing. Dhumal said Hamirpur Tourism Management Institute would be built with an estimated cost of Rs 12 crore.
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