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Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday directed the officers of the state government to make concerted efforts for promoting tourism in the kandi area of the state.

Chairing a meeting of the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said that the state government is making strenuous efforts for developing areas around Ranjit Sagar Dam, Shahpur Kandi Dam and Kandi areas of the Hoshiarpur district. He said that these areas can be developed as ideal tourist destinations for attracting the tourist from across the globe. Bhagwant Mann said that there is a huge potential for developing these areas as a tourist destination for which all out efforts will be made.

The Chief Minister bemoaned that due to negligence of the successive state governments these areas have been hitherto ignored in the pace of development. Bhagwant Mann said that the untapped potential of tourism in these areas should be harnessed for attracting the tourists to these places with immense natural beauty.

The Chief Minister asked the officers to prepare a detailed blueprint for the development of the entire region so that a major fillip can be given to tourism sector in the state. He said that this area is blessed with bounty of natural resources which can attract the tourists from across the globe. Bhagwant Mann said that this is the need of hour for promotion of economic activity in the region thereby transforming the lives of people.

The Chief Minister said that the state government has already cleared water adventure tourism policy for the promotion of water sports which can also be implemented here. Bhagwant Mann envisioned that the day is not far when after sprucing up the infrastructure this region becomes a hub of the tourists across the country. He said that these areas can act as a catalyst for further emerging Punjab on the map of international tourism.

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