NEW DELHI

‘Desert triangle' to boost tourism

Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay on Monday said the Centre would spend Rs.50 crore on development of a “desert triangle” comprising Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan to promote desert tourism. Rajasthan would be an “ideal destination” for tourists looking for the desert landscape, he added.

Addressing a function in Bikaner, Mr. Sahay said Rajasthan had an impressive historical and architectural legacy and was full of social and cultural diversities with an immense potential for growth of tourism. “A State like this should be developed in an appropriate manner to attract tourists [from] all over the world.”

The function, at which Mr. Sahay released a logo for a series of programmes marking the 524 {+t} {+h} foundation day of the city, was organised by Bikaner Vyapar Udyog Mandal.

He suggested that a robust public-private partnership model be adopted for developing tourism in the region.

According to an official release here, the Union Minister said that about half the money to be sanctioned by the Centre would be spent on Bikaner city and an expert study would be undertaken for finding the scope for developing the places of tourist interest.

Among others, chief whip of the ruling party Virendra Beniwal, Bikaner Mayor Bhawani Shankar Sharma and Collector Prithvi Raj addressed the function.