State gets 6 national awards in tourism sector

Mr. Patwa receives prestigious awards from President

prez20.9Bhopal, September 20, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan):  Madhya Pradesh has been conferred 6 national awards in tourism sector. The prestigious awards were given away by President Dr. Pranab Mukherjee to Minister of State for Tourism Mr. Surendra Patwa in New Delhi on Friday. Union Minister of State for Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma was also present on the occasion. Madhya Pradesh has been conferred second prize for overall tourism development and Gwalior Best Heritage City Award. Maheshwar town of Khargone district has been conferred first prize for best public amenity management at B Category tourist destinations, Habibganj Tourist Friendly Railway Station Award, Bhojpur’s Shiv Mandir Best Maintained Disabled Friendly Monument Award and Tourism Development Corporation’s unit Sair-Sapata, Bhopal has been conferred Most Innovative and Unique Tourism Project Award.

   Madhya Pradesh got second prize for all-round tourism development for making available air taxi facility by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation for tourists. The state also carved out its identity as pioneer in case of bus facility between major cities. Due to air taxi facility, tourists from major cities of the country Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Raipur etc. For basic tourism amenities, 70 hotels are being operated in the state. Of these, 12 hotels have got ISO Certificate.

State’s achievement of providing 3-star hotels, heritage hotels and other facilities have been adjudged outstanding. Making available high level computerization facility, adventure tourism, water sports, eco tourism, film tourism, international level publicity, communication and security arrangements at tourism centres, skill development programme and Hunar Se Rozgar have been effectively implemented in the state.

Gwalior has been adjudged Best Heritage due to presence of Mausoleum of Shan Mohammad Ghauas, Gawalior Fort, Jai Vilas Palace, Tansen’s Mausoleum, Gujri Mahal, Chaturbhuj Mandir etc. Gwalior was founded by Scindia and earlier dynasties as heritage city. The city has famous temples, Samadhi Sthals and archaeological remains in Jai Vilas Palace and Gujri Mahal Museum.