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3 Jharkhand tourist spots to get taps, toilets

Ranchi

The irony of being thirsty while seeing waterfalls will be soon a thing of the past.

The state tourism department finally seems serious about putting in place basic facilities such as drinking water at three top tourist attractions near the capital after mocking for nearly a year deadlines set by the high court on this matter.

By January 2015, Hirni and Sita waterfalls as well as Panchghagh, the confluence of five rivers, should get seating and drinking water arrangements, revamped toilets and children’s zones as the tourism department already issued tenders last week inviting contractors for the work, reports Telegraph.

Though Jharkhand, since the October 25 announcement of Assembly poll dates, is governed by the model code of conduct that prohibits policy decisions before polls so that voters are not swayed, these tourism tenders would not flout norms, said an official.

“The tenders were issued before the code was clamped and they are for a project that has been in the offing for months. No new announcements were made. Also, Jharkhand High Court is monitoring the affairs so there should not be any problem,” the official said.

This October 9, the tourism department earned Jharkhand High Court’s ire. Its secretary Avinash Kumar was slapped with contempt notice, demanding why important tourist spots lacked basic amenities.

The court’s impatience is perhaps natural. On November 27, 2013, a high court bench while hearing a PIL had summoned then tourism secretary Sajal Chakraborty to know why tourist spots lacked basic amenities. Chakraborty had told the court that frequents transfers and acute manpower crunch hindered their work.

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