Experts visit heritage sites for restoration work

Based on the state’s proposal to restore and develop sites of heritage,environment and tourism,a team of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Thursday visited various sites and met officials of different departments.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: February 19, 2010 11:53:00 pm

Based on the state’s proposal to restore and develop sites of heritage,environment and tourism,a team of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Thursday visited various sites and met officials of different departments.

The tourism development project is likely to take off from this financial year (2010-11) after final approval in the month of March. “At least 95 sites have been proposed for refurbishing and restoration,which is being considered by the team,” said Principal Secretary Tourism Manisha Nanda.

Some of the proposals in Shimla include enhancing vehicle parking capacity,improvement of various structures in heritage zone of the state capital and renovation of the heritage Town Hall building that now houses Shimla Municipal Corporation. A planetarium at Anandpur,near Shoghi,is also under consideration.

“Tourist sites of Pong Dam Sanctuary area,Masroor rock cut temples in Kangra,religious tourism circuits in lower Himachal,mainly around Naina Devi and Chintpurni shrines are already on the bank’s radar,” said Nanda.

Jashan-2010 today

AMRITSAR: A three-day inter-department cultural programme ‘Jashan-2010’ will be inaugurated at the Guru Nanak Dev University by Vice-Chancellor A S Brar on Friday. Dean Students Welfare,Dr M P S Ishar said various competitions would be organised in theatre,dance,fine arts and music.

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