Environment

Himachal cabinet approves ecotourism policy

The state government will obtain forest clearance from MOEF

SHIMLA:   The Himachal Pradesh cabinet approved the EcoTourism Policy 2016 in which the state government will obtain forest clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest before inviting the bids from private players.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh presided over the Cabinet meeting held here today. The approval to the Eco Tourism Policy- 2016 will pave the way for leasing out of the 46 identified potential sites at various places in the state, reports The Tribune.

The bids will be invited and it is the committee headed by a Conservator which will decide the allotment of these sites.

The policy is based on the understanding that involvement of local communities in eco-tourism would support their livelihood needs and consequently create a stake for them in the conservation of local culture, ecology and environment. It is aimed at making Himachal the leading eco-tourism state by attracting at least 10 per cent of total tourists by the year 2030.

The Cabinet also decided to allot 528 MW Jaisi Hydel electric project to Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (HPPCL) and also approved for re-allocation of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVNL) proposed stage-I (219 MW) and Stage-II (143 MW) Luhri, hydro electro project in favour of SJVNL.

Approval was also accorded for incorporation of the company (Special purpose vehicle) Kishau Corporation Ltd by the Government of Himachal Pradesh in joint venture with the Government of Uttarakhand in equal participation to execute Kishau Multipurpose Project (660 MW).

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