SUBJECT : Tourism boost: Better infrastructure near forts

Nashik, May 20th: The city's tourism sector will soon get a shot in the arm with the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) finalising five historical forts in and around Nashik for their development.

The MTDC, Nashik, has also sought two acres of land near each of the five forts from the district collectorate to provide infrastructure to the tourists.
The move comes following the directive of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to provide facilities for tourists near forts and foothills across Maharashtra to increase their footfall.
The five forts that have been short-listed include Ramshej fort in Nashik, Harihar in Trimbakeshwar, Ankai Tankai near Yeola, Salher and Mulher near Satana.
The tourism department will develop the areas around these forts to provide infrastructure to trekkers and tourists, thereby boosting tourism. The corporation has sent the proposal for seeking two acres land to its head office and the district collector for approval.
"The chief minister had directed the tourism department to develop areas near the forts. In this regard, we recently asked for two acres of land near the five forts around Nashik to the district collector for developing infrastructure for tourists. The tourism department will be communicating with the collector on this issue," said regional manager of MTDC Pradnya Bade-Misal. 

A facilitation centre, tourists' study centre, washrooms, restaurants, gift and local handicraft centre, parking, lodging and electrification - these facilities will be provided on the two-acre land near the five short-listed forts.

"On January 14, Fadnavis had given directions to the state tourism department for providing facilities to tourists near forts and foothills. Conservation work of forts has been going on for the last few years. We need land to build infrastructure to boost tourism in these places; hence the demand for two acre land near the forts. We were asked to check out the places and select the group number or survey number of the land and seek NOCs from the sarpanchs of the villages. We have finalised the areas and the sarpanchs of the respective areas too are ready to give the NOCs," said an officer from the MTDC.

Viju Pandit, a trekker, said that along with conservation of forts, if basic facilities are provided, more people would start visiting the historical sites.

"But cleanliness and decorum should be maintained or else there would be lot of litter and the conservation work would go in vain," he added.

Source: Times of India