Institute to train youths in tourist related activities in Leh

To set up the craft institute the centre has approved a total of Rs 5.83 crore, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora said while reviewing the progress of infrastructure development by Leh Tourism Development Authority.
Jora said the construction work of the proposed food craft centre will be started soon after completion of all codal formalities.
He said promotion of culture alongwith tourism is the focal point of the state government.
Stressing the need to design buildings with typical Ladakhi architecture, Jora directed chief executive officer Leh to design buildings with stress on Pagodas which will attract tourists to the area.
Jora said 13 projects of Rs 8 crore have been submitted to Union Tourism Ministry for development of various culture heritage sights and other tourist spots in the Leh district.
Under the project, monasteries of Alchi, Rezong Temisgon, Lamayuru, Maltho Gumpa, Jivatsal, Imambora Leh, would be given due consideration for their conservation and restoration.
Officials said execution of 12 tourism projects have been taken up at a total cost of Rs 4.60 crore under the Prime Minister Reconstruction Programme.

They said construction work of tourist reception centre, parking lot, landscaping, pathways, lightening, signages and public convenience at Leh are in progress at a revised estimated cost of Rs 4.84 crore.
While construction work of kiosks at Changla, Khardangla pass, camping site station at Tangtse, Trekkers station at Khalsar, development of Samntangling Monastery at Nobra and construction of Amphitheatre at Hikerhut Tiger are other works which are under execution at a total cost of Rs 2.12 cr.
As many as 26 various kinds of tourism related works would be taken up during current financial year at a cost of Rs. 3.37 crore under state plan for upgrade of tourism infrastructure in the area, they said.

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