The state government has announced several important steps towards promoting tourism in Uttarakhand. Along with the decision to provide exemptions to tourists staying for three days, it has been decided to expand the helipad at Kedarnath Dham. With the extension of helipad, Chinook helicopter can also land in Kedarnath. All these proposals were approved in the state cabinet meeting held today.
Tourism Secretary Dilip Jawalkar said that the proposal of the Tourist Incentive Coupon Scheme was approved to promote tourism and give discounts to tourists. Under the Tourist Incentive Scheme, tourists doing e-booking will get a rebate of Rs 1000 for three days stay.
The present helipad at Kedarnath Dham will be expanded to a size of 100×50 meters. Shri Jawalkar said that these steps will give a boost to tourism in the state. In another important decision, the government has decided to refund the amount to tourists who have made advance bookings in Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve which is closed due to COVID. Under this, an amount of Rs 1cr 85 lakh will be returned to the tourists.
In view of tourism, approval was also given to increase the height of Maya Devi Temple and Bhairav Devi Temple which comes under the Juna Akhara Mahadevi Temple. At the same time, the government has also decided to give the outstanding amount to the construction company for the construction of the Yamanotri ropeway from Kharsali. Now the state government will construct this ropeway in PPP mode.