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Posted at: Oct 6, 2018, 12:30 AM; last updated: Oct 6, 2018, 12:30 AM (IST)

Holi-Utrala tunnel awaits clearance

Despite plentiful natural scenery and greenery as well as shrines like Lakshmi Narayan temples of Chamba, Chourasi Temples of Bharmour and Manimahesh, Chamba district has remained backward in comparison to other districts of Himachal Pradesh, thanks to the lack of attention by successive governments. 

However, tourism can play an important role to bring improved economic status of the residents of Chamba on a par with other districts. To exploit the tourism potential of the area, much is yet to be achieved. For this, the construction of the proposed Holi-Utrala tunnel beneath snowy Jalsu Pass in the Bharmour tribal region is a must. The proposal has been awaiting clearance for a long time.

Official figures reveal that around seven to 10 lakh tourists visit Chamba district annually, but about 95 per cent of them visit in and around Dalhousie, leaving a small share of tourists who visit other parts of Chamba. Over 5 lakh pilgrims visit Manimahesh in September each year. A huge number of people visiting Bharmour during 15-day Manimahesh pilgrimage has little impact on economy from the tourism point of view. —TNS


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