Morni-Tikkar Taal will become a key tourist destination: Khattar
Chandigarh, September 29 (PTI) Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar said on Wednesday that Morni-Tikkar Taal will become a key tourist destination and mark its own identity on the country’s tourist map.
He said water sports activities were launched in Tikkar Taal Lake, which falls in the Morni Hills, more than 45 kilometers from here, in Panchkula district.
The chief minister said that all necessary arrangements will be made to promote tourism activities in Morni Tikkar Taal.
Khattar said the paragliding facility at Tikkar Taal will be launched soon.
He said an agreement had been signed with a company to organize a hot air balloon activity in Pinjore, about 25 kilometers from here, which will also begin soon.
He said there are plans to launch water sports activities in many other locations across the state.
Water sports activities can also be started at Brahma Sarovar, Kurukshetra, Lake Karna in Karnal, Lake Damdama, Lake Tiliyar, etc., he said.
Khattar was speaking after inaugurating various adventure sports such as parasailing, paramotor and water scooter in Tikkar Taal, Morni Hills, as part of a plan to develop adventure sports activities for promote tourism in Haryana.
Haryana Vidhan Sabha President Gian Chand Gupta, Former Union Minister Rattan Lal Kataria, Haryana Tourism Corporation President Randhir Singh Gollen were also present on the occasion.
The chief minister said that under the program to increase employment opportunities for residents of Morni-Tikkar Taal region, host families are encouraged.
In addition, plans have been made to promote agricultural tourism in this region, he added.
Khattar said there are many opportunities to promote tourism in Haryana.
“So far, the share of tourism in the state’s GDP is only 0.3 percent. The Haryana government is making continuous efforts to increase this. The tourism department is also likely to work on the public-private partnership (PPP) mode to recover some prime locations from losses, ”he said.
Khattar also published a brochure on the revamped agricultural tourism policy in Haryana, in which more interesting farms were added to the list.
He said tourists can now choose from a range of farms to enjoy weekends and vacations with friends and families. It will also help provide livelihoods for farm owners and local villagers, he said.
Khattar recalled his old memories with Tikkar Taal and Morni and said: “In 1990 I used to come here to party and once I had the opportunity to celebrate my birthday at a school in the Mandhana village.
“At that time, I felt that this area had remained neglected, so we planned to develop this area in terms of road connectivity, education, health services and tourism.
He said the development of Morni was a key part of Panchkula’s integrated development plan, and therefore, on June 20, he visited the site for an inspection of nautical and aero sporting events.
Regarding the promotion of host families, he said that homeowners residing locally can now offer their accommodation to tourists and visitors at reasonable prices under the state’s foster family policy.
The program will offer a plethora of accommodation options in various locations and at competitive prices. Tourists who are willing to stay for long periods will also benefit from this program, he said.
Earlier, Khattar also laid the foundation stone for the Panchkula Tourism Facilitation Center. PTI SUN AQS
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