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PM Modi inaugurates virtually ‘Julley Leh Biodiversity Park’

PM Modi inaugurates virtually ‘Julley Leh Biodiversity Park’

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Leh: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the ‘Julley Leh Biodiversity Park’ as part of the Swadesh Darshan 2.0, a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India aimed at developing tourism infrastructure across various tourist destinations in Leh.

A symbolic function was organized in Leh by the Department of Tourism, which was attended by the Chairman/CEC, LAHDC Leh, Tashi Gyalson as the chief guest, and Advisor to LG Ladakh, Dr. Pawan Kotwal, as the guest of honour.

Other esteemed dignitaries included Executive Councillor for Minority Affairs, LAHDC Leh, Ghulam Mehdi; ADGP Ladakh Police, Dr. S.D Singh Jamwal; Commissioner/Secretary Tourism, Kacho Mehboob Ali Khan; Secretary Power, Vikram Singh Malik; DC/Chairman DMC SD 2.0, Santosh Sukhadeve; AD Tourism Leh, Tsering Spalzes, and various other officers and officials.

In his keynote address, CEC Tashi Gyalson highlighted the importance of balancing income disparities among tourism stakeholders and emphasized the need to boost rural economy of Ladakh.

He discussed plans for the development of the Biodiversity Park at Sindhu Ghat, Leh, and reiterated the need for making the park freely accessible to locals throughout the year.

Expressing gratitude to PM Narendra Modi for granting UT status to Ladakh, CEC commended the union government’s efforts in developing all sectors within Ladakh at various scales.

The CEC also outlined initiatives at the Hill Council and UT levels to promote sustainable tourism measures nationally and internationally, ensuring sustainable development, especially in the tourism sector.

Advisor Dr. Pawan Kotwal highlighted the vast potential of Tourism industry in Ladakh in his address.

He stressed the importance of adopting sustainable and responsible tourism practices, emphasising the need for adopting homestay culture to maintain sustainable tourism in Ladakh.

Dr. Kotwal also highlighted the pivotal role of preserving and promoting local art, culture, and traditions in promoting tourism in the region.

Earlier, in his welcome address, DC Leh Santosh Sukhadeve provided valuable insights into the potential of developing Ladakh as a “round the year” tourist destination, highlighting the key features and goals of the Julley Leh Biodiversity Park in Leh.

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