DEHRADUN: The idyllic town of Chakrata, though a favourite among tourists, isn't in its best shape to cater to the visitors. Moreover, it is also not possible to make new buildings and boost infrastructure here, as the town comes under the domain of the cantonment board. Thus, in a bid to retain the tourist interest for this place, the state has decided to develop a similar spot near Chakrata with ample infrastructure and facilities. 

Chakrata, a hill station between Kinnaur and Mussoorie is perhaps the only saving grace in terms of a site of huge tourism interest in the entire Dehradun district. However, there is an acute dearth of tourist accommodation, shops and facilities like petrol pumps. 

Most buildings here are in a dilapidated condition with no scope of development with military restrictions. International tourists have to take permission from 22nd battalion to enter the area. 

In spite of all these restraints, tourists have been flocking Chakrata forcing the authorities to take note of the immense potential of the town as a key tourist destination. State authorities have set the ball rolling by choosing 90 hectares of revenue land, outside the cantonment area, in Purodi village of Chakrata tehsil. Purodi is just seven km from Chakrata, on Chakrata-Mussoorie Road. 

Ashok Kumar Pandey, sub-divisional magistrate of Chakrata said, "Chakrata was set up by the British, in 1866 in between the rivers Tons and Yamuna. The undivided UP government took the initiative to develop this town outside the cantonment domain in Purodi village in 1996. Two years ago, former chief minister, Vijay Bahuguna too constituted an authority to take the development project ahead. But it got stuck up." 

Pandey said the project was now moving fast under the supervision of the district magistrate. "New hotels, restaurants, shopping complex, leisure centre, healthcare centre and good academic institutes will be set up in Purodi," he added. 

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