Gujarat firm to promote wine, food processing tourism in HP

CHANDIGARH:Come 2021, Himachal Pradesh could emerge as one of the preferred destinations for wine and food processing tourism.

Gujarat firm to promote wine, food processing tourism in HP

Illustration: Sandeep Joshi

sanjiv@tribunemail.com

Vijay C Roy

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14

Come 2021, Himachal Pradesh could emerge as one of the preferred destinations for wine and food processing tourism. The project, once operational, will be the first-of-its-kind project in North India.

A tourist visiting the state would have an opportunity to witness the wine-making process on the lines of Sula Vineyard and Soma Wines or food processing process, as initiated by companies such as Mala’s and Mapro in Maharashtra.

Besides staying in the midst of nature, tourists visiting these manufacturing units will be taken to processing units where they will get first-hand experience as to how fresh fruits are brought into the factory, pass through grading and sorting process and finally processed into wines, juices and jellies.

Considering thematic tourism as a major attraction these days, a Gujarat-based company has entered into an MoU with the Himachal Pradesh government for promoting thematic tourism at Banalgi in Solan district.

“We have conceptualised the project on the lines of wine tourism and food processing tourism in other states. For example, in Maharashtra and Gujarat, a lot of theme tourism projects are running successfully,“ said Ravi R Desai, managing director, Himalaya Cotton Yarn Ltd.

The company has already invested Rs 15 crore in setting up a controlled-atmosphere cold storage. It will pump in another Rs 30 crore. The facility will have winery, food processing industry and eco-tourism project where tourists can stay and have first-hand account of the entire manufacturing process. The company is keen to establish winery and plans to process it from locally available fruits such as apple, peach, plum, cherry and apricot.

It will also process fruits and vegetables to manufacture jams, jellies, syrups and other products.

The company has sought approval for 5,000 sq mt of land from its existing 20,000 sq mt of leased land for the project.

Desai said companies such as Mala’s, Mapro, Sula Vineyard and Soma Vines were already successfully running the theme tourism projects within the premises of their factories where people could enjoy day trip as well as night stay. “People also get to know about local fruits and vegetables processing. This includes factory visit and briefing on production methods, including manufacturing a particular product,” he said.

According to experts, the place where Mala’s and Mapro units are located used to be rural areas and one could not think of promoting tourism there. However, these two units have transformed the entire area and tourists visit these manufacturing units to have first-hand knowledge of processing. Both these factories are located between Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani in Maharashtra.

Cities

View All

Despite NGT orders, MC fails to start garbage remediation

It was also told to develop a green belt, build a wall aroun...

Farmers get soil health cards

Scheme aimed at ensuring judicious use of fertilisers

Chief Engineer finds fault with Corbusier

Says Capitol Complex ‘nude’ building, terms it blunder

Feel unsafe returning from library at night, say PU girls

No e-rickshaws, hostellers have to book cab or go in groups

Two jailed for injuring student

Court imposes Rs 1K fine, acquits them of murder bid charges

Investigations to continue despite victim’s retraction

IG told to verify fairness of probe by P’kula police

NSUI members clash with cops during protest

Rally organised against education policy; DTC bus vandalise...

Rains, thunderstorm in Delhi

Temperature is likely to drop after Saturday

DC to take up ROB issue with Chief Secretary

Railways is delaying process to start construction of the br...

Division 7 cops in spot

Victim girl accuses them of bias in harassment case

Gang raising loan on fake jewellery busted, 5 held

95-gram ornaments recovered; 3 suspects escape

SUV rams into stationary truck, driver dies on spot

Couldn’t spot truck in time due to fog at Biza