The tourism minister is on an express tour.
Stung by criticism over inadequate amenities and lax security at Ranchi’s many hot spots, which are fast becoming crime dens, Suresh Paswan has decided to embark on a journey to purge getaways and explore possibilities to promote them.
A report published in The Telegraph on Tuesday highlighted how picturesque reservoirs at Rukka, Dhurwa and Kanke and the famous Tagore Hill were harbouring delinquents — from juvenile addicts to potential rapists — owing to administrative apathy.
Reacting candidly, Paswan admitted there were lapses and pledged winds of change within two months.
“The task is big, the time less. So, I don’t promise to turn around the tourism scenario completely through some miracle revamp, but there will be noticeable results. Some prominent tourist sites are already on my department’s radar,” the minister, who paid a visit to Jagannathpur Temple and Dhurwa Dam on Monday, said.
He added that the trip was just the first leg of his ambitious project.
Paswan said he had held discussions with his officials about security in the dam areas. “We can’t say there is no crime. To begin with, we are brainstorming on ways to upgrade security. Revamp of infrastructure for visitors will take time, but the idea is to restore whatever is existing at the moment,” he added.
The minister said they were also planning to rope in local youths to step up vigil. “We are exploring employment options at these tourist places. A foolproof plan will evolve within a month’s time.”
Paswan offered details of his “exhaustive tour” across the state.
“Yesterday, I began with Jagannathpur Temple and Dhurwa Dam. In a couple of days, we will go to Tagore Hill, Rukka Dam, Itki and other places on the outskirts of the capital. At many places, I am told work is on. At some places, facilities like guesthouses are yet to open. So, the purpose of my visit is to understand challenges and work out speedy solutions,” he said, adding that once he was done touring the capital, he would visit Palamau, Garhwa and Godda.
A fresh glossary on indigenous Jharkhand is in the offing too.
“It is in an evolutionary stage. We are intending to prepare some kind of reference materials that can depict real Jharkhand to visitors from outside the state,” Paswan signed off.