Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Wednesday asked the officials to prepare a tourism road map as it has the potential to generate employment and bring economic development. He also asked the tourism department officials to explore the possibility of turning heritage buildings into hotels and submit a detailed report in this regard.
The CM was holding a review meeting of tourism department with its minister Anita Devi and senior officials. He also consented to setting up Indian Institute of Tourism and Trade Management at Bodh Gaya and asked the officials to submit a proposal in this regard at the earliest.
The officials present at the meeting said the CM asked them to prepare a road map with the help of professionals so that various tourism destinations could be developed. “The CM also stressed on the need of proper and planned development of Jain, Buddhist, Shiv-Shakti, Ramayana, Kanwaria and Mahatma Gandhi circuits along with other tourist spots so that a large number of people get employment opportunities,” said an official, adding, “CM especially emphasized on developing heritage hotels besides other important tourist places.”
Nitish also asked the officials to prepare a detailed plan and submit a report on the two important events that the state would organize in 2017 – Prakashotsav to celebrate Guru Gobind Singh’s 350th birth anniversary and centenary celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha by Mahatma Gandhi. A delegation led by Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal visited last week the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh and discussed with the CM the preparations for the mega event to be held at Patna Saheb.
Nitish Kumar also reviewed the works and achievements of building construction, environment and forest and art, culture and youth affairs departments.