SUBJECT : Delhi festival and skywalk at Qutub in tourism vision

New Delhi,March 29th: The tourism department's vision of making Delhi a world-class tourist destination hinges on better accessibility at heritage sites and interactive public campaigns. And it plans to achieve all of this with an outlay of Rs 62.17 crore.

The government claimed in its budget speech that a vibrant history notwithstanding, Delhi's culture was largely ignored due to a total lack of focus on tourism. "Several international events moved out to Gurgaon and Noida, leaving Delhi as a mere recipient of traditional government performances, which are mostly concentrated in Lutyens' Delhi and hosted in small theatres and auditoriums with limited public outreach," said deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

To bring the focus back, some new measures have been proposed that include a world-class event called Delhi Festival, a Brand Delhi campaign and strengthening Delhi's online presence through mobile applications, maps and social media. "The government has come out with a single-window online clearance system for organising events in Delhi so that there is no scope for red-tape or corruption. In the coming year, we propose to simplify the process for the restaurant and hospitality industry as well," Sisodia said.

Tourism infrastructure will be improved at a cost of Rs 10 crore. Separately, a skywalk from Qutub Minar Metro station to the world heritage site itself will be developed in 2016-17. "People can take the skywalk and see the Mehrauli Archaeological Park too. We plan to start the process soon," said tourism minister Mishra.

He added that the Brand Delhi campaign will be launched in August. "In November, we will hold the Delhi Festival on a huge scale in at least 15 different locations across the city. It will have music, dance, food and shopping etc."

Delhi Tourism would also revamp the border entry points like Ghazipur and Dhaula Kuan.

Source: Times of India