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Himachal to restore ghats at Tattapani’s sulphur springs

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday said the Himachal Pradesh government is making efforts to restore ‘Ghats’ at the sulphur springs at Tattapani in Mandi district.

Addressing a public meeting at Tattapani, Thakur said the government is committed to promote religious tourism at Tattapani and to restore its lost glory.

“The matter regarding restoration of springs and ‘Bathing Ghats ’would soon be taken up both with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL),” he said, adding instructions to prepare the detailed report of the project and undertake the restoration work has been issued.

He said that religious places as Mahu Nag, Kamru Nag, Shikari Devi, Rewalsar would be developed from religious point of view to promote tourism and the matter would be raised with Union government.
Recollecting old memories, he said that he used to come for a holy dip way back when the sulphur springs were just adjacent to the banks of the river Sutlej and this festival was of great importance to the people of Tattapani and adjoining areas.

There is a lot of scope for religious and adventure tourism in the state and every measure will be taken to restore the lost glory of Tattapani, he said.

He lashed at the previous Congress government for pushing the sgtate into debt trap and said despite the financial assistance from the Centre, the development was nil.

“Just before the polls, 40 to 50 inaugurations and foundations stones were laid by the former Chief Minister and other Congress leaders almost every-day,” he said.

There was complete law and order failure during Congress regime but after coming into power, the BJP government has started a helpline for women to protect them from atrocities.

A special cell will be created in all three Police ranges and the report of crime against women if any, is to be submitted to Chief Minister’s office within 48 hours, Thakur said.