Three-day ‘Lake Carnival’ begins in Bhimtal |
The chief minister said it was a good thing that the event was being organized in Bhimtal, as it would serve to make the off-beat locations of Uttarakhand more popular
NAINITAL: The first lake carnival of Uttarakhand, which is being hosted in Bhimtal, near Nainital, was inaugurated by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Sunday. The three-day carnival opened with over two dozen stalls, highlighting various cultural and social traditions as well as art forms of the state.
Speaking at the event, the chief minister said it was a “good thing that the event was being organised in Bhimtal, as it would serve to make the off-beat locations of Uttarakhand more popular.” “Our famous tourist spots see thousands of tourists every week. However, these destinations like Mussoorie, Nainital, Chakrata and even Lansdowne, have a limited capacity. Uttarakhand is endowed with so much beauty that there are countless other locations like Bhimtal, which can be developed into tourist attractions as well. Therefore, festivals like these are necessary to attract more tourists (to lesser-known spots),” CM Rawat said.
Apart from the carnival, Rawat also inaugurated several development and infrastructure projects on Sunday, including Kumaon’s first tele-medicine service, the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), a special portal for ASHA workers, as well as projects in Haldwani.
A press note from the CM’s office claimed that the CM inaugurated projects worth Rs 95.45 crore during the day. Addressing concerns over India’s sluggish economy, the CM said that the slowdown was a temporary phase and the country would recover soon. “Experts are saying that that though the growth has slowed down, it is a temporary phase and the country will come out of it soon,” he said. He added that Uttarakhand’s GDP is the second highest in the country, following that of Karnataka’s. “We are the second fastest growing state in the country,” the CM claimed.