Ranchi, Aug. 20: Jharkhand is fast emerging as a tourist hotspot. The tourism department has already launched a drive to give the choicest of destinations in the state a complete makeover and is roping in NGOs for the purpose.
The department also plans to train village youths in hospitality management to give the tourism campaign a cutting edge.
A training model is being developed with the help of BIT, Mesra. The NGOs will handpick local youths, who will undergo a weeklong training programme in behavioural skills, commercial competence, catering and gardening. They will also be tipped on crisis management and learn how to save lives in case of an emergency.
Secretary, tourism and planning, Arun Kumar Singh said that the involvement of local villagers in the implementation of this programme would go a long way. It will not only create enough employment opportunities for them but also allow them to market local artefacts directly, he said.
If sources are to be believed three NGOs ó the Samriddhi Charitable Trust, the Anupma Construction and Development Pvt. Ltd and the Sashakta Nari Utthan, Ranchi ó have shown interest in developing the Hundru Falls and its surrounding areas. For the Jonha Falls, Samriddhi and Sashakta Nari Utthan, Ranchi, have submitted their proposals.
While the Sashakta Nari Utthan, Hazaribagh, wants to develop Tilayia, the Samgra Samaj Utthan Samiti from Palamau has shown interest in Netarhat (Upper Ghagri). The latter has also submitted a proposal. The Sadani Falls in Gumla and its surrounding areas will get a facelift if the Sampoorna Jharkhand Vikas Samiti, Latehar, has its way.
The Topchanchi Lake in Dhanbad has many takers. The Society for Integrated Development, the Samriddhi Charitable Trust from Ranchi, Yojana from Dhanbad and Rajrappa Grameen Vikas Sanstha, Ramgarh, are vying for an opportunity to develop the spot. While Itkhori has three takers ó Nai Roshni and Social Apartment Trust, Hazaribagh and Arunodyaya, Chatra, Tenughat has only one bidder ó Sahyogini from Bokaro.
The picturesque Dimna Lake in Jamshedpur is also high on the list of tourist hotspots. The National Adventure Foundation from Giridih is planning to give it a makeover. For Surajkund in Hazaribagh, Sashakta Nari Utthan has submitted a development proposal. The Awaran Seva Kendra, Ranchi, is likely to develop the Pahari Mandir. Rachna from Deoghar has shown interest in giving a facelift to Prakriti Vihar in Pakur and Kornik RN Bose Bangla Library, Deoghar, has sent a proposal for the development of Shilpgram. Pragya Foundation in Madhupur has submitted its proposal for Parwat Vihar, Jamtara.
The estimated cost of most of these projects range between Rs 3.7 lakh and Rs 10.12 lakh.