Dec 3, 2015
Pilibhit: UP tourism department is still unaware that Pilibhit has too many tourist attraction places like Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Raja Venu ka Tila, a replica of Jama Masjid built in 1769,Origin place of River Gomti, Gauri Shankar Temple, 400 years old Chattvi padshahi Gurudwara, Chuka beach etc. It can easily be developed as one of the main tourist destinations of Uttar Pradesh. However, the UP tourism department is completely ignorant about Pilibhit and it doesn’t seem to be there in their future development plans.
Recently, Rs 2.36 crores were given to Badaun district for developing it as a tourist destination and overall Rs 14 crores were distributed among 13 district including Agra, Bareilly, Sarnath, Varanasi etc but not a single penny was given to Pilibhit district despite of cultural rich history and Tiger reserve, says Gaurav Agarwal, President of Kartavya Karma NGO,who has also maintained a website to promote the tiger reserve of pilibhit.
TOI spoke with Preeti Srivastava, Joint Director of UP west tourism department, about the reasons for neglecting Pilibhit as a tourist destination despite of so many natural and cultural heritages. She said,” We have asked the DFO of pilibhit tiger reserve to provide us the details of the forests and its wild animals, so that it can be updated on the tourism website but we haven’t received any information from them.”
When TOI asked that the responsibility for developing a place as a tourist attraction lies with the tourism department. Tourism department should be responsible for its marketing and development. She said,”We will soon update the information about Pilibhit on our website.”
TOI also spoke with Hemraj Verma, State minister, about the neglection of Pilibhit by tourism department. He said,” I would make sure that Chief Minister would visit Pilibhit soon and make important announcement to encourage tourism here.”
By Kanwarjeet Singh