The Himachal Pradesh government has put in place a single window clearance system to assist filmmakers in getting permission for film shooting, movement of equipment and clearance related to law and order issues.
The directorate of Information and Public Relations is the nodal agency for issuing permissions for film shooting in the state.
A nodal officer will be appointed for promoting and facilitating film shooting. Familiarisation tours for foreign filmmakers would also be facilitated with support of the state government, an official spokesperson said.
Aiming to promote film tourism in the state, the government is also exploring possibilities of setting up film studios.
"Bestowed with immense natural beauty, Himachal Pradesh has always been a big attraction for the filmmakers from different parts of the world.
The state has innumerable locations, especially in lesser known places which is ideal for film shooting. It would be the government's endeavour to extend all possible assistance to the film industry," he said.
The spokesperson said cinema has vast employment potential and efforts would be made to harness this to optimum level. Permissions for setting up of theatres is on, while conversion of single screen halls into multiplexes will be considered by the state government.
The state government is pursuing the matter regarding upgrading and extension of runway of airports at Shimla, Kullu and Dharamshala for operating regular flights.
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