CM Uddhav Thackeray ‘We Have Shown That Development Can Happen While Conserving What We Have’

CM Uddhav Thackeray ‘We Have Shown That Development Can Happen While Conserving What We Have’

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated two hotels belonging to the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) on the occasion of World Tourism Day on September 27. 

The two hotel projects were undertaken by the State Tourism Department headed by the Tourism Minister, Aaditya Thackeray. In addition to inaugurating the hotels in Nashik and Kharghar respectively, the CM also inaugurated the Grape Park Resort near Nashik’s Gangapur Dam. 

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Speaking at the inauguration, he said -  “Many a times, it happens that for development we destroy the nature and environment that we have. We want development. Definitely, we want it, but not by destroying what we have. We have shown that development can happen while conserving what we have.”

Meanwhile, Aaditya Thackeray said that the state is currently considering plans to make Maharashtra more attractive to tourists while also taking steps to ensure that tourists spend more time in the state as well as Mumbai during their visits. 

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Further, the environment and tourism minister also said that more tourist-friendly spots will be introduced which will include the redevelopment of the Gateway of India precinct as well as guided tours of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters. Areas like Alibag, Manori and Erangal will reportedly be developed while Matheran and Mahabaleshwar could be converted into international tourist spots, he added.

“Mumbai gets two types of tourists – financial or business tourists who stay for 36 hours and tourists who come for 20-25 days. Of the 25 days, they stay in Maharashtra for three or four days and leave for Goa, Jaipur etc. Our effort is to make the tourists who come for 36 hours stay for two-three days, and those who come for three days stay for a week,” Aaditya Thackeray said. 

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