Tourism expansion will curb naxalite menace in Chhattisgarh, says Chandrakar
RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh tourism minister Ajay Chandrakar
on Thursday said expansion of tourism will not only curb Maoist menace but also
generate employment for tribal youths in Bastar and Sarguja region.
Chandrakar was addressing a conference of ministers in
New Delhi. With 44 per cent forest cover, the state has immense scope for eco-tourism.
He demanded a special category status like those of Jammu & Kashmir and
north-eastern states for Chhattisgarh.
Seeking Centre’s support in development of Sirpur as
world heritage site, Chandrakar said the Buddhist tourism spot at Sirpur, needs
to be developed as Buddhist tourism circuit. The Buddhist site has been visited
by spiritual leader Dalai Lama twice.