Maharashtra has planned to connect about 350 locations into an eco-tourism circuit. This will be done for providing better facilities and developing the spots as tourist destinations of the state. Speaking on the issue, Maharashtra Minister of Finance, Planning and Forests, Sudhir Mungantiwar said that during the first phase, around 43 destinations under the grid will be taken up, whereas the remaining ones will be developed in the second and third phase. The state government has set aside INR 351 crore for developing this circuit.
He also informed that the Maharashtra Eco-Tourism is already working on the project, and will also include Sanjay National Park of Mumbai. “Maharashtra is the best State for all types of tourism including forts, coastal tourism, forest safaris, and spiritual tourism. Tourism is a plus point for the State to create employment opportunities for locals. The Eco-tourism Board implements various initiatives considering all these aspects, and this will be one of the major projects of the board.” added Mr. Mungantiwar.
Talking about the project, the officials stated that the circuit will include and connect 124 forest gardens, 6 tiger projects, 43 historical forts, 52 religious destinations, 33 wildlife sanctuaries, 5 hill stations, and 55 eco-tourism spots. Moreover, the project is divided into two parts – the first phase includes 43 eco-tourism spots, while the development of the remaining 139 spots will be done in the second phase.
Speaking about the realization of the initiative, the officials mentioned that the draft plans for 189 out of 347 locations have been approved. The initiative will also benefit the local people as they will get employment opportunities, such as providing vehicles for tourists, through homestays, and being tourist guides. Locals will also be given training and basic facilities to make the project successful.
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