New Delhi: The union petroleum minister, Dharmendra Pradhan Sunday called for switching over the prime tourist cities in the country to clean fuels.

Pradhan, while speaking on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, said there is a need for weaving sustainability with tourism and collaborating to switch prime tourist cities to 100% clean fuels, which will further help protect the monuments and ensure a cleaner environment for the tourists.

Pradhan addressed a virtual meet on the theme of “Tourism and Rural Development”, along with union tourism minister Prahlad Singh Patel.

Pradhan commended the tourism ministry for its novel initiative ‘DekhoApnaDesh’ that promotes and encourages local heritage and tourist sites. He spoke about India’s rich culture, history and ancient architectural marvels which offer immense scope for the growth of tourism industry. Talking about Internet’s role in making the world a global village, Pradhan called for effective use of technology to further strengthen India’s position as a global tourist hotspot.

Pradhan said that tourism industry offers unprecedented potential for employment generation and empowerment of our youth, also in the rural areas. He said that every district of our country has a historic story to share or a legend to narrate, and as India celebrates 75 years of independence in 2022, we must work on creating more tourism sites around the heroism of our freedom fighters.