• Under the Trekking Traction Homestay Scheme, villages close to necessary and common trekking routes are being developed by the tourism division as trekking clusters.

PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 02:01 AM IST

The Uttarakhand tourism division has chosen 29 extra villages in distant hilly districts to advertise trekking clusters.

Satpal Maharaj, state tourism minister mentioned that the intention of the Trekking Traction Center Homestay Scheme is to supply new heights to journey tourism within the state by establishing residential amenities for vacationers in distant rural areas which have the potential of trekking tourism.

“Through this aid, the state government is trying to empower the local people, so that the rural economy can be strengthened. This plan will prove to be effective in preventing migration and making rural areas self-sufficient through tourism,” Maharaj mentioned.

He additional mentioned that homestays developed in these villages can be constructed following native conventional architectural model.

The tourism division has chosen villages in districts like Uttarkashi, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh and Chamoli.

Under the Trekking Traction Homestay Scheme, villages close to necessary and common trekking routes are being developed by the tourism division as trekking clusters. This will give a lodging facility to the vacationers and they’re going to have the ability to benefit from the place by staying there. Under this scheme, monetary help of 60,000 per room is given to locals for constructing new rooms of their homes for the aim of home-stay and 25,000 for developing new bogs with the rooms. The monetary help is offered for a most of as much as six rooms.

Dilip Jawalkar, secretary for tourism within the state mentioned that the beneficiaries of the scheme can be chosen by a committee constituted below the chairmanship of the District Magistrate.

He additional mentioned that the committee will conduct an analysis after which the quantity of grant can be transferred on to the beneficiary’s checking account by Direct Bank Transfer below the advice of the district Justice of the Peace.

The state authorities has already chosen eight beneficiaries from Agora and Dasna villages in Uttarkashi district which fall on the Dodital trek route.

The state tourism division began the scheme from Chopta village close to Tungnath shrine, the world’s highest temple devoted to Lord Shiva.

To improve lodging amenities in such areas, the secretary for tourism has additionally instructed district officers to renovate the previous bungalows of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam after permission is obtained from the state forest division.

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