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Facilities recce at three hot spots

Disciplined by Jharkhand High Court over inferior amenities at various attractions across the state, tourism bosses made a dash for three popular getaways for a ground check on Wednesday.

The court had on Tuesday summonsed tourism secretary Sajal Chakraborty and other officials, seeking explanations on why hot spots weren’t people-friendly and big money provided by the Centre was lying under-utilised.

On Wednesday, the court granted the tourism authorities time till Monday to submit a revamp plan.

Chakraborty, who in court blamed frequent bureaucratic rejig for tourism sloth, led his team for a daylong recce at Jonha, Hundru and Sita falls. More spot visits are on the cards in coming days.

“For Jonha and Hundru, we plan six toilets each for men and women. Children’s parks and drinking water arrangements are also on the anvil,” the secretary said.

According to Chakraborty, the court had directed them to make all mandatory arrangements by January 20.

“But before that, we will have to submit a concise draft plan. We are not being over-ambitious and working out practical solutions. In this short time, pucca toilets are not possible. We plan asbestos ones.”

For thirsty tourists, mineral water bottles would be made available and affordable. At Hundru, defunct pumps will be fixed first and villagers roped in for maintenance.

The department is further planning a three-day winter festival at Jonha Falls from December 24. The approach road to the waterfall will be repaired ahead of that.

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