Special Correspondent

New master plan to develop the hill resort

JAIPUR: Conservation of bio-diversity will be an important aspect of the new master plan formulated for Mount Abu, the only hill resort in Rajasthan, while the tribal population of the hilly terrains will be given employment and steps taken to promote eco-tourism and construct an urban “Haat” at the popular tourist destination.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, presiding over a meeting of the Abu Development Committee over the weekend, said Mount Abu would be developed as a model tourist centre by its beautification, improvement in the traffic system, development of a golf course and installation of a new 33 KV power transmission line.

Ms. Raje said work for revival of the famous Nakki Lake would start in July this year, while a scheme for laying of sewerage lines would be initiated in June.

For providing employment to the predominantly tribal population in and around the hill resort, old government buildings will be refurbished and opened as showrooms displaying the products manufactured by them. Ms. Raje affirmed that the State Government would bring tribals in the region into the mainstream of development.

The Chief Minister suggested that adventure tourism be introduced at Mount Abu as the hill station has facilities for activities such as cycling and horse-riding.

The polo tournament organised in Mount Abu every year could also be popularised at the international scale.

Ms. Raje said the State Government was considering establishment of an Ayurveda Centre at the hill resort to promote research on herbs, medicinal and aromatic plants and traditional medicines.

Besides, photography and videography in the historic Dilwara Temple would be restarted shortly after a gap of several years.