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Haryana govt to give a boost to tourism

The Haryana government has agreed in principle to provide 25 acres of land in the National Capital Region to the Union Ministry of Tourism for setting up of Indian Culinary Institute in the state. A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting presided over by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at Chandigarh on Tuesday to review the working of tourism complexes in the state. The Union Ministry of Tourism had requested for 50 acres of land  to set up the institute near Delhi.

The land would be provided with the condition that 50 per cent seats in the institute would be kept reserved for the students of Haryana. Besides, the youth of the village, whose land would be provided for setting up of the institute, would be given employment in the institute. The Chief Minister directed Haryana Tourism to rebuild the Surkhab Tourist Complex, Sirsa and Bulbul Tourist Complex, Jind as per latest design and requirements. He said that the two complexes are situated in the heart of the two cities and have enough potential.

In another major decision to check instances of landslide at the Tourist Complex, Tikkar Tal in Morni Hills in district Panchkula, it was decided that a retaining wall would be constructed in front of the complex, which is likely to cost Rs 43 lakh. The chief minister was apprised that Haryana Tourism is running a tourism resort at Tikkar Taal, which is very popular for adventure activities. The construction of retaining wall would restrict the landslides and thus would attract a large number of tourists. An Integrated Tourism Resort would be developed at Madhogarh Fort in district Mahendragarh under Public Private Partnership mode.

The Haryana Tourism would also set up five new petrol pumps at its tourist complexes namely at Ethnic India at Rai, tourist complex at Pinjore, Surajkund tourist complex, Flamingo in Hisar and Red Bishop in Panchkula.

The Haryana Tourism is setting up three new convention centres in the state and at present, three convention centres are already functional. There were 21 tourist complexes in the State in 1974, which have been increased to 43 in 2012. These complexes have 781 rooms, 11 dormitories, 43 restaurants, 36 bars and 42 banquet,conference halls and multi purpose halls.

Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Chhatar Singh, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, K K Khandelwal, Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, R S Doon, Principal OSD to Chief Minister, M S Chopra, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Tourism Vijay Vardhan, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Finance, Sanjeev Kaushal, Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Corporation, Anand M Sharan and a number of financial commissioners and principal secretaries of various other departments were also present on the occasion.
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