(From left, standing) Seraikela-Kharsawan deputy commissioner Rajesh Kumar Sharma, tourism secretary A.K. Singh, Dhalbhum divisional forest officer A.T. Mishra during their visit to Chandil on Sunday. Telegraph picture
Jamshedpur, Dec. 14: Kayaking at Chandil, trekking at Dalma hills and an outing at Dimna lake — any tourist with a special room for nature in his heart would love to complete this circle, and that too in three days.
Cashing on this tourism triangle, the government plans to develop Chandil a hotspot for travellers with cottages overlooking the picturesque dam on the Subernarekha and making provisions for water sports still not witnessed there.
Tourism secretary Arun Kumar Singh today visited the Chandil dam and Dalma wildlife sanctuary. Seraikela-Kharsawan deputy commissioner Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Dhalbhum divisional forest officer A.T. Mishra also joined Singh on the recce. Singh also took a motorboat ride in the Chandil dam along with the two officials.
During the visit, the officers tried to find out whether the dam was suitable for introducing various kinds of water-sports at Chandil, about 22km from here, and Dalma hills for adventure tourism.
To his surprise, Singh also found thousands of migratory birds making temporary nests in the reservoir — a new development at the site otherwise known for picnics only.
“Chandil has the potential of becoming a major tourist spot. The department will do everything to turn Chandil and Dalma as tourist hubs,” Singh said after the visit.
Singh said that he would assess the tourism potential of Chandil dam and Dalma in totality and chalk out a meticulous plan to bring about sea change in the region as far as tourism industry is concerned. He added that he would engage a consultant for making a comprehensive plan to boost tourism in the area.
Sources said that there was a plan for offering an extended version of the tourist circuit with Chandil being developed as the central point, which would be extended up to Dasham falls in Ranchi district.
Tourism department officials said that the advantage of Chandil dam is its proximity to railway station and also the national highway.
“Once the cottages are ready in Chandil, tourists would not have to drive from the steel city, as they are forced to do now,” said one of the officials.
“The triangle of Chandil-Dalma-Dimna would be completed in three days with two overnight halts at Chandil and Dalma, which is around 10km from the dam. Dimna is on the foothill of Dalma, although one has to cover about 8km to reach the lake,” he added.