Himachal Pradesh Tourism to introduce five more luxury coaches
Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, Govt of Himachal Pradesh and Chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) informed that five luxury coaches worth Rs 1.30 crore will be added to the existing fleet of four Volvos and 15 deluxe buses of Transport Wing by the second week of April 2012 which will ply on the Manali-Rohtang Pass route to reduce the traffic congestion of this region. This will also increase the efficiency of the Transport Wing of the Corporation and provide better facilities to the tourist visiting Himachal Pradesh especially to Manali region.
Dhumal further said that the performance of the Corporation for the period from April 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012 was reviewed and discussed in detail in the meeting. He expressed his happiness for achieving a turnover of Rs 65.07 crore by the Corporation thus registering an increase of 5.57 per cent as compared to the last year's performance. The Chief Minister was speaking at the 129th meeting of the Board of Directors of HPTDC, according to a report on Punjab Newsline.
Dhumal directed the Department of Tourism and HPTDC to make a proposal to have an International Convention Facility at Tourist Complex Kiarighat which would be a mega tourist destination project having the provision of big conference hall, tourist mart, parking and staying facilities. The project would cost around Rs 20 crore to be sent to the Government of India for approval. He further said that a unique project on Sky Bus in and around Manali was also explored which will go a long way in promoting tourism and providing much needed facility to the tourists visiting Manali area.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government was exploring possibilities of erecting escalators in capital town of Shimla in coordination with the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, especially to connect the new Inter State Bus Terminal with old bus stand to facilitate commuters travelling to and fro the town. He underlined the need for up-gradation of the professional services by upholding the high traditions of Himachali hospitality.