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Shimla, Apr 7
Himachal Government announced today that Rs 25 Crore Bantony castle project is likely to be dedicated to public by Sept this year as rehabilitation work would be completed soon.
This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while attending Tourism department
review meeting here today. Chief Minister said that work on renovation of Bantony Castle would be completed by September this year by incurring an expenditure of Rs.25.45 crore . He said that the light and sound show at Town Hall and Bantony Castle would be an added attraction to the tourists visiting the capital town of Shimla. He also felt the need for optimum use of Bantony Castle by the State Language, Art & Culture Department.
He said that Convention Centre at Kyarighat was coming up at a cost of Rs. 29.90 crore and would be completed by September this year. He said that in addition to this Art and Craft village was being developed on 44 bigha land near Kandaghat village for which FCA approval was underway. He said that this would prove an attractive destination for the tourists visiting the State as both these projects were on the major national highway between Kalka-Shimla.
The Culture Centre at Janjehalli in Mandi District was almost completed by spending an amount of Rs. 25.17 crore which would be an added attraction to the tourists visiting the virgin Janjehalli valley. He said that the Centre would have an open air theatre, three new cottages, conventional hall, cafeteria and 12 modern rooms.
The  Kangra Haat was being constructed at Kangra by involving an amount of Rs. 17 crore. Worth Rs four Crore two beautification of Dal lake and Art and Craft project at Bhalai Mata temple at Chamba also be unveiled by Sep month during this year to showcase rich cultural tradition of the State expected to increase the tourists footfalls to less congested resorts in the state.
CM asked the officers to expedite the work of execution of major ropeways viz Dharamshala-Mcleodgang, Palchan-Rohtang, Aadi Himani-Chamunda, Sri Anandpur Sahib-Sri Nainadevi etc.
Chief Minister said that the State of Himachal Pradesh was blessed with immense tourism potential and focus of the Government was to provide best tourism infrastructure to the tourists visiting the State.


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