UDHAMPUR, Feb 17 : District Administration, Udhampur, today launched the Panchayat Tourism Project under which foundation stone was laid for development of Tikri Waterfalls as part of 5 destinations to be developed to attract tourists and boost village economy. The project is being implemented through Village Panchayats with technical support from Rural Development Department.
A District Panchayat Tourism Council headed by District Development Commissioner and comprising Assistant Commissioner Development, Project Officer DRDA, Divisional Forest Officer, Executive Engineer PHE/PWD/EM&RE, BDOs and Tehsildars, has been constituted to plan, implement and oversee the projects through Village Panchayats.
DDC Udhampur, Shahid Iqbal laid foundation stone of “Tikri Falls – Development of Waterfall, Ecotourism, Nature Trail and Religious Tourism” at Tikri.
The Tikri Falls is being developed as a prime tourism destination with creation of three waterfalls, two lakes, view points, lights show, nature trail, park and sport apart from facilities for children and elderly. The project is first among series of tourism development projects between Tikri and Chenani along National Highway to woo tourists and strengthen village economy and infrastructure.
A meeting of line departments, executing agencies, technical experts, artists, village panchayat members and field officials was also held on the occasion, followed by project site inspection and initiation of work.
The Panchayat tourism projects are aimed at development of infrastructure with one time support from district administration followed by earning of revenue through tourism promotion which will be utilised for project and development of Panchayats.
Other projects being started shortly include “Mountain Park-NH44” at Garnai-Mlahad, Water Sports Park at Narsoo, Heritage Museum in Mand and Ecological & Herbal Park in Bain Panchayat.