Meeting of cabinet to be held on “Narmada Queen” cruise at Hanuwantiya

CS Mr. de Sa reviews preparations for Jal-Mahotsav

csjal15.1.16Bhopal, January 15, 2016 (Abdul Ahad Farhan):  Chief Secretary Mr. Anthony de Sa reviewed preparations for 10-day Jal-Mahotsav to be held from February 12 at Hanuwantiya tourist destination in Khandwa district today. He reviewed programmes and activities to be held during Jal-Mahotsav. Secretary Tourism Mr. Hari Ranjan Rao was also present on the occasion. Mr. de Sa said that Jal-Mahotsav will be held on a grand scale. Before the festival, a meeting of the state cabinet will be held on ‘Narmada Queen’ cruise at Hanuwantiya. Necessary directives in this regard were given to concerning staff. Mr. de Sa said that local art and culture programmes should be included in itinerary of the festival. He also directed to complete work of Hanuwantiya approach road before festival. It was informed that a tent city is being developed for tourists during festival.

The tent city will be well equipped. Tourists will be attracted through Adventure Tour Operators Association of India. During Jal-Mahotsav activities of kite flying, volleyball, camp fire, star gazing, cycling, paramotoring, parasailing, hot air balloon and bird watching will be held. Craft bazaar will also be organised to promote local craft. Tourists will be shown rural culture through attractively decorated bullock carts. Star gazing will be conducted with the help of binoculars. Quality and delicious foods will also be available at food zone.

Efforts will also be made to open resorts and hotels on various islands of Indira Sagar by attracting investors. Model plan has been prepared for Hanuwantiya and nearby areas. Hanuwantiya is about 150 kms away from Indore. For going to Hanuwantiya from Bhopal a road is being laid via Ashta, Kannaud and Satwas. After construction of this road, tourists will be facilitated for journey between Bhopal and Hanuwantiya. The Chief Secretary inspected the cruise and visited island by speedboat. Mr. de Sa also witnessed 10 cottages built for tourists.