Himachal Pradesh clears ski village project
Braving stiff opposition, the Himachal Pradesh government gave a go-ahead to the Himalayan Ski Village (hsv) project in Manali (see 'Holy Hex', Down To Earth, May 15, 2006).
The state government signed the implementation programme on June 5, on the basis of the company's preliminary project report. The company is now carrying out a detailed environmental impact assessment programme that will take one year for completion.
The prime objections of the residents of Manali were: one, the company's proposal to prepare artificial snow for the ski village; two, the state government's willingness to change the rules and allow people with foreign origin to own land in the area. Till now, only people of Himachali origin can own land in the state. However, much to the residents' relief, the preliminary agreement does not have a provision for preparing artificial snow; it also makes clear that people of foreign origin cannot own land in the area.
Meanwhile, John Sims, managing director of hsv says, "We will still make villas as per our project but instead of selling, we will now rent them out."
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