10 Sep : Sh. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Haryana inaugurated Jungle Fowl Camp at Surajkund, Faridabad in the presence of Kumari Selja, Hon’ble Union Minister for Tourism and Housing & Poverty Alleviation, Govt. of India, Sh. Om Parkash Jain, Tourism, Transport, Civil Aviation and Hospitality Minister, Haryana, Sh. Maha Singh, Financial Commissioner & Principal Secretary Tourism Haryana and other senior officers of Haryana Tourism and the District Administration, Faridabad. For setting-up and running of these camps, a license has been grated to Aagman India Travel & Living (P) Ltd, New Delhi . After inauguration of the camps, the Chief Minister and other dignitaries took a round of the camp area to see the facilities that have been created for the stay of the tourists. Speaking to the Press, the Union Tourism Minister informed that the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India has provided Rs. 361.24 lacs for development of camping site at Surajkund, Faridabad and Rs. 320.63 lacs for the development of the Camping site at Dundahera, Guragon.
Later in the evening, Dhanchiri Camp at Dundahera in Gurgaon was inaugurated by Kumari Selja, Hon’ble Union Minister for Tourism and Housing & Poverty Alleviation, Govt. of India. Sh. Om Parkash Jain, Tourism, Transport, Civil Aviation and Hospitality Minister, Haryana, Sh. Maha Singh, Financial Commissioner & Principal Secretary Tourism Haryana and other senior officers of Haryana Tourism and the District Administration, Gurgaon were present. After inauguration of the camps, the Union Tourism Minister and other dignitaries took a round of the camp area to see the facilities that have been created for the stay of the tourists. Dhanchiri Camp site is at Dundahera in Gurgaon (adjacent to Toll Plaza, on left side of Delhi-Gurgaon National Highway-8) and a license for setting-up and running of these camps has been grated to Pench Jungle Resorts Pvt Ltd., New Delhi.
Haryana Tourism has set-up camp in 50 acres of land each at both these places. Similarly, the basic infrastructure of permanent nature at both these places like dining hall, kitchen, store, security wall, reception-cum-office, separate wash rooms for ladies and gents, parking, water supply system, sewerage system, pathways, walkways, landscape, campus lighting, stage for cultural programs, open air bar counter, gazebo and fountain etc have been provided by Haryana Tourism. The Licensees at both these places have pitched about 50 tents each, with attached toilets consisting of European WC/shower, wash-basin, hot & cold running water, air-conditioner or air-cooler (equipped with insect & dust free facility). The Licensees will also provide the facility of multi-cuisine restaurant, bar and will also make arrangements for evening cultural programs, village sight seeing, hot air ballooning (at Dhanchiri only) and other adventure activities for entertainment of the guests staying in the tented accommodation so as to give a feel of living in the lap of nature, instead of the crowed areas of metropolitan cities. The guests staying at these tents can also avail the facility of room service and indoor/outdoor games. These facilities have been created under Public Private Partnership (PPP), as provided in Haryana Tourism Policy-2008. The development of camping sites at Damdama, Hodel and Dharuhera is in progress.
Haryana Tourism is fully geared up to shoulder the responsibility of facilitating the organization of commonwealth Games by arranging the availability of about 8,000 rooms in the NCR. The rooms and other infrastructure of the tourist complexes of Haryana Tourism have also been upgraded/modernized. Gurgaon Tourism Fair and Gurgaon Shopping festival is being organized w.e.f. 27th September, 2010 to facilitate the visitors of the Commonwealth Games getting the benefit of exquisite shopping experience under one roof.
In the field of MICE Tourism, ultra modern Convention Halls have been set up at Surajkund (Faridabad) and at Tilyar (Rohtak). Similarly, land has been acquired at Red Bishop, Panchkula for the 3rd Convention Hall and funds for its construction have been provided by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Facility of On-Line booking of rooms has been introduced and working effectively. Judging the performance of Haryana Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism ,G.O.I. has given Haryana Tourism the National Award for Promotion of MICE Tourism in Public Sector and again a National Award for promotion of Bhima Devi as a Best maintained tourist friendly monument.
To provide quality manpower and to enhance employment opportunities in Tourism Industry, two Institutes of Hotel Management (IHM’s) have been set-up at Kurukshetra and at Faridabad, third IHM under PPP Mode, is under construction at Faridabad and the fourth IHM again is under construction at Rohtak. The Food Crafts Institute Faridabad (which has now been upgraded as IHM, Faridabad) has been given the Award for National Excellence in Hospitality Education by the National Council of Hotel Management, Ministry of Tourism, GOI. The State Government has announced its Tourism Policy in 2008. A major thrust has been provided to tourism promotion so that it becomes a major engine of economic growth and catalyst of employment generation.