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Lansdowne getting benefits of tourism: Maharaj

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By Our Staff Reporter

Dehradun, 23 Dec:  Tourism, PWD and Irrigation Minister Satpal Maharaj said, today, that entire Lansdowne Assembly Constituency was very important from the point of view of tourism. Even the Jim Corbett Park was connected to Dugadda and Rikhanikhal Blocks, he said.

Maharaj said that many hotels are continuously coming up outside the Lansdowne Containment Zone now. Presently, there are 46 hotels, guest houses and 28 registered homestays running in this area. It is evident from this that a large number of tourists are coming here from different regions of the country. The major tract of Jim Corbett is located in the Dugadda and Rikhanikhal blocks and their entrance is from Ramnagar.

The Tourism Minister added that Jim Corbett Park’s North Gate had also been constructed in Kotdwar by the Tourism Department with the help of Asian Development Bank (ADB) at a cost of Rs 11.50 crores.  Under this project, a Visitor Facilitation Centre for Tourists, a Convention Centre, 16 Cottages, 4 Executive Bedrooms, 4 Deluxe Bedrooms, an Overhead Storage Water Tank, Electric Room, Staff & Driver Hostel, Management Room, Parking Facility, Musical & Dancing Fountain, Food Court, generator shed and artificial climbing wall had been constructed.

Maharaj revealed that Tarakeshwar Mahadev of Lansdowne has been included in the Shaiva Circuit. A large number of tourists are now coming here. The Tarakeshwar Fair is being publicised continuously through advertisements and news from time to time. Under the Shravan Kumar Yojana, through the Department of Culture, elderly people were also being able to visit Tarakeshwar Mahadev. He said that, according to the rules, it was not possible to do any kind of development work in Lansdowne which fell under the Containment Zone. But, in its outer areas, continuous development works are now going on from the point of view of boosting tourism.  The road connectivity is also being increased. Maharaj said that hotels and resorts are also coming up in Rikhanikhal and Dugadda blocks of Lansdowne. The Forest Minister is also making efforts to allow entry to Jim Corbett from Dugadda block for tourists.