Union Ministry of Tourism awards project worth Rs 98 cr to NPCC
After total neglect of properties of Dhirendra Brahmchari including Aparna Ashram at Mantalai in Sudhmahadev area of Chenani in district Udhampur besides multi-storey building and prime land in posh Gandhi Nagar area of Jammu by the State Tourism department for about a decade, the National Project Construction Corporation (NPCC) Ltd has finally launched work on Rs 97.82 crore prestigious project at Mantalai-Sudhmahadev with the funding purely by the Union Ministry of Tourism.
The project has been handed over to NPCC ltd, the agency has moved in machinery & a man power in Matalai ave started soil testing and other initial works of raising infrastructure for the workers at the site.
Among total 25 components of this project, the major will be setting up of International Yoga Centre, construction of twenty beautiful huts, Club House, creation/ up-gradation of Cafeteria, Heliport, beautification of the entire Mantalai site and renovation/ upgradation of existing buildings/hotel etc. A Delhi based consultancy has prepared DPR of the project and 36 months time has been given to the agency NPCC Ltd to complete this work.
CEO, Patnitop – Mantalai Development Authority, Rakesh Srangal, when contacted, said that a national level agency has already been engaged to have survey and initiate tourism promotion projects in Mantalai -Sudhmahadev area. He said the property of Late Brahamchari would also be developed and the place converted into a fascinating tourism destination.
Srangal said that Solar light system will be fully installed at Mantalai and a Heliport of the international standard is being created there for the night halt facilities (hanger) for at least two helicopters. This destination is likely to receive guests even from abroad and facilities are being created taking all these things into consideration.
During the previous several Assembly sessions also this issue was raised in the Upper and Lower Houses of State Legislature by some members from Jammu region and they had also suggested to frame a House Committee for having assessment of the properties and recommend suggestions for the utilization of the infrastructure. They even suggested to promote this belt up to Latti- Dudu-Seoj Dhar and Shivgalli for Adventure tourism.
A senior officer in the Tourism department disclosed that the property of Aparna Ashram and the land measuring 1002 kanal at Mantalai was finally taken over by Patnitop Development Authority in 2009. He said the constructed and semi-constructed structures at Mantalai have also been handed over to the PDA which included Aparna Hotel and Restaurant, hanger for aircraft, petrol pump, air strip, semi-constructed hotel, cow sheds, personal residence of Swami Dherandra, a double storey building, swimming pool, orchards, zoo, half a dozen vehicles, bulldozer, road roller, construction equipment etc.