Punjab Government to promote water sports and ecotourism

first_imgThe state government of Punjab has announced its plans to develop Ranjit Sagar Lake as an international tourist destination by promoting activities including water sports and eco-tourism. Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister informed that Shivalik Dhauladhar Tourism Development Board (SDTDB) has been set up already for this purpose.A pre-feasibility report had been prepared on this project where possible activities at various locations around the lake site would be provided which includes star category eco resorts, convention center, water based and adventure activities etc.At present, the state government has begun developing nearly 300 plus acres of land, including two islands of Kulara and Musharba, spread across nearly 17 and 3 acres respectively. While nearly 2.5 acres Mango Island is being promoted by a private developer of the region, Deepak Maini.To conserve the rich heritage of the state, Punjab state government has allocated Rs 300 crore on conserving the heritage buildings of religious and historical importance, said Sohan Singh Thandal, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister of Punjab on the occasion of World Heritage Day. Besides, thousands of crores of rupees have been spent to build world class historical monuments.The tourism department has also launched ‘Punjab Tourism’ Mobile App which is available in Google Play Store. This unique app integrated with Google Maps contains information about tourist places in all the districts of the state.last_img