Efforts to present the Manali town as a historic village has been stepped up by the government. Away from the charm of big cities, Manali has approved to reinvent itself in the form of beautiful village.
Streets, roads and pathways of the Manali would give the glance of village. For this purpose, local slate are being fitted everywhere. Manali nagar parishad president Roop Chand Negi said the tourists from across the world come to Manali to experience its rich culture and tradition; they do not come to see our markets or shopping malls. “Architecture of our villages is unique. This is the reason that many tourists were moving towards villages from the cities. Our efforts are to show them the glimpse of village everywhere in the Manali town. In the first phase of this multi crore project, traditional slates are being laid on the path between Manali and Hadimba temple,” he said.
Meanwhile, drawing was being prepared to put all electricity and telephone cables underground and develop the Mall Road area as an international market. Sewerage and drainage system of the town is under modification and bus stand is being shifted to the outskirt of Manali.
Work on the project has finally started after 1.5 years. State government claims that with all modern facilities and traditional village look, Manali would be the number one hill station of Asia after few years.
Kullu MLA Thakur Govind Singh said the money will not be a bar in this ambitious project. He said, “Every nook and corner of Manali will reflect traditional look. It will emerge as a wonder in India where domestic and international tourists will find their own interest. Not only traditional touch, but with ultra modern Mall Road, shopping complex and gardens, Manali will impress the high end tourists too.”