New Delhi, Aug. 6: Jharkhand government invited a host of mining companies today to unveil a plan that seeks to use their expertise in promoting nature as well as industrial tourism in the state.
Apart from officials in the Union culture and tourism ministries, mid-level representatives of Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL), Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) and other companies took part in the event organised in the national capital by the state investment centre.
During their interaction, officials from the state impressed upon the guests that mining tourism was the next best thing happening in Jharkhand after its much hyped tribal tourism initiatives.
They said that the Jharkhand government had already identified 158 tourist spots that would be developed and 163 places where tourist amenities would be upgraded.
“Jharkhand is home to various types of minerals and ores. The rich mineral resources and the process of their extraction, apart from the pristine natural beauty of the state, can draw lakhs of people if we develop the sector properly,” said A.K. Sinha, deputy director, Jharkhand Bhavan.
He said Jharkhand could take the lead among other states to promote tourism opportunities using its rich mineral resources just like South Africa and Australia where people came from distant places to see and study the various processes of mining and extraction of minerals.
“So, we are trying to explore possibilities. It is imperative that we rope in public and private sector mining firms for the purpose,” he said, adding that the state was a treasure trove of minerals like coal, iron, copper and bauxite.
“The tourism department has already approached major mining companies in the state like HCL and CCL with proposals. Sometime back, our tourism board announced it had identified 158 tourist spots to be developed and 163 places where amenities would be improved,” another official added.
Officials of the state hoped that Jharkhand would slowly emerge as an attractive option for tourists in the near future.