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India,Pakistan,United States : WORLD BANK to help PUNJAB to project it as a global tourist destination

July 17, 2014

The Washington-headquartered World Bank on Tuesday has announced its decision to help the Indian State of Punjab with financial support to facilitate it develop its tourism industry.

The funding from the global donor will help the State to carry out projects for the encouragement of tourism industry across the religious, heritage, health and ethnic spaces in this part of the country and become a major tourist destination in the world.

Marching towards this end, a four-member squad of the World Bank has held a meeting with the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here in Chandigarh on Tuesday and it has also directed the State Government to devise the modalities regarding this.

The squad, under the leadership of the World Bank Country Director Onno Ruhl, comprises senior officials of the bank.

Ruhl has revealed that the global donor has earlier given same proposal to the Pakistani State of Punjab for the development of its tourism sector, while its Indian counterpart is now being asked to encourage tourism, because a similar cultural background and magnificent heritage link both the eastern and western Punjab.

The World Bank has directed the Punjab Government to present a comprehensive proposal of several tourism projects that the State intends to develop with the bank funding.

The holiest Sikh shrine, Harmandar Sahib , commonly known as the Golden Temple, at Amritsar in Punjab is visited by millions of devotees every year. Apart from this holy place, the State s several other heritage structures and shrines annually attract significant number of tourists as well. All these make Punjab a coveted destination across the globe.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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