Uttarakhand’s Tourism and Culture Minister Satpal Maharaj met Union Tourism & Culture Minister Prahlad Patel yesterday. During his meeting, Maharaj informed the minister about the glory of Tibersen Mahadev located in Niti valley, mentioning that the temple is famous for the generation of a huge Shivling just like in Amarnath. Tourism minister said that if the central government grants permission for the Tibersen Yatra then it will not just boost the tourism, but will also prevent the migration of locals from this last village of Uttarakhand. The Tourism Minister added that a certificate will also be provided to tourists who will visit or stay in Seemant village, this will also encourage tribal tourism.
Maharaj also requested the Union Minister to promote and publicize the local immunity booster cuisines of Uttarakhand on the national level.
Maharaj said that under Tehri Swadesh Darshan Scheme, amount of Rs. 64.30 crores is already provided against the stipulated 70.92 crores and 98 percent of work is already completed. Also, Rs 67.62 crores against the stipulated Rs 76.32 crores has been released under Kumaon Heritage Circuit Swadesh Scheme. The development work is already completed for this plan.
Under Prasad Scheme, amount of Rs 27.83 crores against Rs 34.78 crores has been provided for Kedarnath and about 89% of work is already completed for the same. Rs 11.77 crores against Rs 39.23 crores has been released for infrastructure based work in Badrinath, which is under process. An amount of Rs 49.44 crores DPR for the development of tourism facilities in Gangotri and Yamunotri has been prepared and shared with the Indian Government. For Food and Craft Institute, Almora, the amount of Rs 375 lakhs against Rs 475 lakhs has been provided.
Tourism Minister stated that the Indian government has approved DPR worth Rs 16.20 crores for IHM Ramnagar, out of which Rs 9 crores has already been released. The Indian government is also in talks for the centralization proposal for State Institute of Hotel Management. A workchart of Rs 97.70 crore lakh for Mahabharat Circuit under Swadesh Darshan scheme has been prepared and sent to the Indian government. The central minister has assured to look after it at the earliest.