Recently, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Minister of Local Bodies, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab announced that Amritsar will be made the “tourism capital of northern India”. Sidhu confirmed that all required step will be taken to ensure tourism boost in Amritsar.
Sidhu, who visited various tourist destinations in Amritsar along with a team of consultants, media and officials from the Tourism Department, said, “We will make Amritsar the tourism capital of north India. This is not a hollow boast but a dream that will be fulfilled in totality.”
Stressing that the tourists landing in Amritsar will be brought under a detailed programme, he said “India begins here, so our aim is to bring maximum people here and see the rich glory of the region. We have Rs 590 crores and around Rs 100 to 200 crores will be coming from the Central Government to make the entire programme more congenial and tourist friendly,” he said. Detailing further on the plans to boost tourism in the city, Sidhu said: “Town Hall will be a complete food street on the lines of Lahore. As Amritsar is known for its food, we will have 146 delicacies in that food street.”
The Minister further announced that an Aerocity will be developed in Amritsar on the lines of Delhi. “We will be developing an Aerocity. It can be in the heart of city or close to the airport with around 20 hotels. Apart from the top end hotels, we also intend to have hotels which are affordable for all and not very expensive.”
Detailing about the itineraries followed so far by the Tourism Department, Sidhu said: “As we have itineraries that can be further polished, there are also plans to bring in international tour operators. Once the plan gets rolling, tourists will be received and facilitated in and around Amritsar. This will be a great tourism circuit.”