Himachal to set up international airport near Shimla


Staff member
New Delhi October 27:

In a bid to make the state a global tourist attraction, Himachal Pradesh government has said it will set up its first international airport near Shimla, with about Rs 1,000 crore investment, under public private partnership mode.

The state government has initiated a slew of steps to promote tourism to increase its contribution to GDP to 10 per cent from the present 8.5 per cent, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said at an investment meet here last night.

The tourism sector contributes about Rs 3,600 crore to the Rs 44,000 crore state GDP. Among the measures to promote tourism, the government has identified 40 acres each at three places in Shimla and Solan (near Shimla) districts to set up the Rs 1,000 crore international airport. The final decision on the spot would be taken soon, Dhumal said.