Harike Pattan (Punjab), June 18 (PTI) Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today announced a world-class eco-friendly project for Harike bird sanctuary and said that it would become a state-of-the-art tourist destination. Also Read - Maharashtra Minister Bachchu Kadu Slaps Hospital Mess Staff Over Poor Quality of Food

Terming Harike Pattan a “place with top potential”, he said Bharatpur bird sanctuary gets 16,000 birds and is highly rated, whereas this place gets visited by around one lakh rare species of birds but its potential is yet to be unlocked. Also Read - MP Minister Climbs Atop 50-Ft High Swing For Better Phone Signal, Video Goes Viral | Watch

Sidhu, who is on a four-day tour to various tourist destinations in Punjab, reached the Harike Pattan today along with top brass of the tourism department and local officials. Also Read - North Kolkata shanties gutted

The minister, who went on a boat ride on the river along with MLAs Kulbir Zira and Harminder Gill, said, “The state government is committed to turn this place into a world-class tourist destination. It has tremendous potential but wasn’t unlocked till now.”

Anything up to Rs 50 crore can be spent on the project, he said, adding, “This place is in the tourism circuit. In this river there is a point where three rivers Majha, Malwa and Doaba meet.” “We will have motorboats, angling, rafting, para sailing facilities and for viewing Indus dolphins. We will have tents for accommodation, tree houses, pedal boats, nature trail and bird watching towers, the minister said and asked the officials of the department to start working on the project so that it could be completed soon.

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