Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister has given a booster dose to tourism

 Wednesday, March 10, 2021 


With a target of generating employment and liberating tourism from the negative consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister, Mr. Ajit Pawar has given a boost up to tourism in the Budget 2021-2022.

Attracting the commoners to let them go and hit the roads, Pawar mainly highlighted on: Setting up of a new hill-station, an international class tourist complex, a new boat jetty, a cruise terminal, beach development, hill-resorts, museums, safaris, historical and pilgrimage centres.

The minister has distributed Rs. 2,369 crore with a slew of initiatives set to generate more jobs and attract people to come out of their homes to tourist destinations, after three whole tourism seasons of 2020 were ravaged by Covid lockdowns.

Just two hours from Mumbai, Jawhar is a remote and tiny hillstation located on a plateau in Palghar. The place has a salubrious climate, deep valleys, and lush-green hills with waterfalls never seen before. It has thick forests. The place is famous for its Warli tribal art paintings, which is expected to be developed majorly for tourism.

In Maharashtra, Jawhar is one of the few tribal kingdoms, offering a deep understanding into the tribal way of life in addition to its striking natural beauty and unexplored hidden jems dotting the region.

Also, Palghar has countless beaches like Arnala, Kelva, the 17-kms long Dahanu-Bordi, in addition to at least 8 beach or hill forts, the famed hill-top Jivdani Temple, ancient churches and mosques.

Another enjoyable declaration from the Tourism Minister, Mr. Aditya Thackeray, was proposal for an international class tourist complex. This will come up on a 14-acre site at the Worli Dairy in Mumbai. For this, a detailed project report is being prepared.

On the sea-front plans for the 720-kms long coastline of the state, Pawar explained that a tourist jetty will soon be developed at Kashid Beach, Raigad, a cruise terminal at Bhagwati Port, Ratnagiri which would balance the beach shack of Maharashtra, caravan and agri-tourism policies declared in 2020 with a new Nature Tourism policy coming up soon.

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