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BMC To Partner With Travel Agencies To Promote Tourism: Praveen Pardeshi

It has further proposed to start eco-tourism activities around water supply reservoirs like Tansa, Vaitarna, Modak Sagar dam, where hospitality partners can be invited to upgrade, maintain and manage BMC guest houses.

BMC To Partner With Travel Agencies To Promote Tourism: Praveen Pardeshi
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On Tuesday, February 4, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi unveiled his first budget of ₹33,341 crores. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Commission (BMC) announced that it will have a dedicated department for tourism and a proposal for the same has been submitted. The day to day activities of it will be conducted by external experts and accrediting travel agents. ₹183.03 crore was allocated for the same. 

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It has further proposed to start eco-tourism activities around water supply reservoirs like Tansa, Vaitarna, Modak Sagar dam, where hospitality/travel partners can be invited to upgrade, maintain and manage BMC guest houses. 

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Chief Praveen Pardeshi stated that the BMC is planning to partner with them to give more impetus to the city’s tourism. People want to explore Mumbai more but it does not make sense if the BMC staff has to manage this. Therefore, they will be partnering with travel agencies wherein they can offer packages at forts and guesthouses. The agencies can also organise activities in municipal gardens where they can collect fees from people and share the revenue with the BMC.

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Other highlights of the budget with regards to tourism includes a proposal to beautify the Worli fort by providing decorative illumination with energy-efficient LED which can be viewed from the Worli sea link. For the 'Pedestrian First' policy, the BMC has earmarked ₹50 crore for the improvement of footpaths. ₹503 crores have been proposed for the Gargai Dam. Moreover, a multi-storeyed sports complex will be set up at Ghatkopar and the construction will begin as soon as the tendering process is complete. Mumbai 24*7 project initiated by Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray is also aimed at giving an impetus to the city's tourism. 

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