Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday said the government would develop a Bio-Diversity Park at Janjehli in Mandi district in a phased manner at a cost of Rs 3 crore.

Addressing the people at district level Kuthah Mela in Seraj area of Mandi district, he said Himachal has immense tourism potential and Janjehli would be developed from tourism point of view.

He said that heli-taxi service was being launched in the state from 4 June and efforts would be made to explore connecting Shikari Mata with this service. Thakur said that fairs and festivals were integral part of the rich cultural repository of the state and urged to the people to work for conservation and promotion of the rich cultural heritage.

Thakur said that he was a regular visitor of this fair since his school days and now he was participating in the fair as the Chief Minister of the state.  This all was due to the blessings of the deities of the area and benevolence of the people of the region.

“I was given the responsibility of heading the state by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah,” he said, adding these leaders were of the view that the state should be headed by a leader with grass root base and a clean image.

He said the first budget presented by him was unique in itself as it contained 30 new schemes with adequate budget provisions. “Even the opposition failed to find any flaw in the budget,” he added.

He said the people of the country and state need to strengthen the hands of PM Modi in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He urged the people of the state to work for a strong and vibrant Himachal and strong India, which was only possible with PM Modi at the Centre