Kullu, Jan 15 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Government is keen to protect the environment and natural beauty of Kullu valley, and would extend full cooperation to do the necessary.
Addressing a public gathering here today, Chief Minister Prem Dhumal said taking all other aspects of the Tourism development in to consideration, the government will also give a boost to rural tourism and eco-tourism.
The Chief Minister today dedicated the Tourist Adventure lodge within the Western Himalayan Mountain Institute Campus completed at a cost of Rs 98 lacs to the adventure sports lover of the country.
''Kullu-Manali are prominent destination of state and attracting people from all-over the world, and in order to preserve the nature and ecology of the valley, local people should come forward and contribute actively towards the betterment of the valley,'' he said.
Mr Dhumal further said the natural wealth needed to be exploited in such a way that the originality and ecology of the State is protected.
''Development at the cost of environment would not be adequate.
If required, the State Government would also include the name of the Institute in the official website of Tourism so that it could be one of the tourism destination, for which more attraction would be added in the campus,'' he asserted.
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