See other states, HC tells tourism secy

See other states, HC tells tourism secy

MODEL: Mussoorie

Ranchi: Jharkhand High Court has asked the Raghubar Das government to study tourism models of other states, particularly initiatives put in place on the Mussoorie-Dehradun circuit, to boost domestic prospects.

A division bench of Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh and Justice Ratnaker Bhengra that was hearing a PIL filed by Babloo Kumar on the pathetic condition of tourist spots in the capital also asked the state tourism department on Tuesday to ensure that local residents were a part of development plans of tourist destinations.

“A holistic approach is required for boosting the tourism sector in the state,” the bench noted, while hearing the PIL whose ambit has now been widened to include all tourist spots of Jharkhand.

Tourism secretary Manish Ranjan, who was present in court, informed the bench that the department had done considerable work under the Centre’s Swadesh Darshan Scheme. Tourist spots, he explained, had been identified and development plans worked upon on the basis of scenic beauty and religious importance.

“Religious tourist spots like Deoghar, Basukinath and those important to Buddhists and Jains have been short-listed. Netarhat, McCluskiegunj and Parasnath have also been marked out by the department,” Ranjan said.

When he told the court that the art and culture department had been merged with the tourism department, the bench observed that it was now convenient for the department to tap cultural resources and also promote art in tourist spots.

The next hearing has been scheduled after six weeks to enable the government file an affidavit on the work done so far.