Himachal Pradesh is planning to develop Dharamsala as a Smart City and turn it into an international tourist destination.
State Urban Development, Town and Country Planning Minister Sudhir Sharma said that the district will not only be developed as a Smart City, but also as a progressive and inclusive city.
“Efforts would be made to project this city as a cultural, spiritual and adventure hub for tourists,” he said at a high-level project appraisal meeting on Smart City.
A team from The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) participated at the meeting with officials of the State Urban Development.
Sharma wanted priority to be given to integrated and inclusive planning, sustainable mobility, water management and energy systems. He stressed the importance of maintaining the environment and participation of local population in planning and implementation of the project.
He raised the issue of developing areas such as Indru Nag Hill near Dharamshala as International Conventional Centre to decongest the city and generate new economic activities. He wanted officials to include the trekking route to Triund in the proposal.