In an attempt to develop tourism as an industry in the state so that more people can generate money from it, the state government has formulated a new tourism policy to attract private investment into the tourism sector with the aim of attracting tourists to the state and providing them with quality facilities.
The tourism policy has been approved by the Council of Ministers. There is no doubt that in the coming days, Jharkhand will become a driver of change in the tourism sector with the vision of generating job opportunities and increasing revenue from tourism.
The geographical location and natural beauty of the state are also conducive to tourism. The state abounds with opportunities for tourism development. The government has taken steps to make the area covered by 33% of state forests a big market for tourism.
Jharkhand has immense development potential in the field of ecotourism. Green forests, waterfalls, terrain, rich wildlife offer forest trails, nature walks, jungle safaris, trekking, rock climbing and others. Jharkhand is an ideal place for the development of eco-tourism. The Latehar, Netarhat, Betla, Chandil, Dalma, Mirchaiya and Getalsud circuit will be developed into an eco-circuit.
The development plan for tourism facilitation centers across the state has also been included in the tourism policy. According to the plan, the tourism department will set up tourist facilitation centers on roads leading to tourist spots. These centers will be equipped with all basic facilities and provide information to tourists. Tourists making long road trips from these centers will be provided with accommodation and food.
The state government will endeavor to provide basic facilities including roadside facilities, tourist information center, handicraft center, necessary facilities including ATM machine, stage for the organization of cultural events.
Rural development and economic empowerment of villagers are priority areas of the government. To this end, the tourism department will promote homestays near the various tourist places of Jharkhand. These homestays will be developed in collaboration with the rural population living near tourist destinations in the state. This will not only strengthen the rural economy, but also create direct and indirect employment opportunities.
Along with this, it will also help in creating awareness about the tradition and culture of Jharkhand. Along with plans to expand migration to villages near tourist destinations, the government is also trying to address the lack of accommodation facilities in some of the major tourist destinations. In the construction of shelters, the government will work to provide subsidies to other facilities.