Tourism cabinet to be constituted

Land auction disposal policy-2008 for land allotted to tourism deptt. to be amended

CS to head committee for identification and selection of heritage buildings and adjoining lands

Cabinet decision at meeting on cruise “Narmada Queen” at Hanuwantiya

lead3.2.16Bhopal, February 3, 2016 (Muslim Saleem):  A meeting of the state cabinet has decided to amend Land Auction Disposal Policy-2008 (As Amended-2014) for government land allotted to Tourism Department, to promote tourism in the state. Accordingly, collector guidelines prescribed for per hectare price (similar to that) will be applied to prescribe offset price of land and fixation of stamp and registration fee for transactions of immoveable property. But total offset price will be Rs. one lakh for disposal of heritage buildings and subsidiary lands. For disposal, identification and selection of heritage buildings and adjoining lands will be made by a coordination committee headed by the Chief Secretary. Chaired by Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state cabinet’s maiden meeting of its own kind in the country at Hanuwantiya in Khandwa district held intensive brainstorming over development of tourism in the state.

The Chief Minister informed that on the lines of Agriculture cabinet, a tourism cabinet will be constituted to translate state’s tourism potential into reality. He said that scenario of this backwaters of Indira Sagar is like an international tourist spot. This is a unique place since the island is situated in the midst of Asia’s largest manmade water body. Madhya Pradesh government will develop it as a distinct tourist spot.

Cabinet members put forth various important suggestions at the meeting. Secretary to CM and Tourism Mr. Hari Ranjan Rao gave a presentation on ‘Tourism Challenges and Possibilities in Madhya Pradesh’. Distance of Hanuwantiya tourist complex in Khandwa district is 130 kms from Indore. It is 150 kms from Maheshwar and 85 kms from Omkareshwar. By different routes from Bhopal, distance of Hanuwantiya is 300 to 350 kms.

Jal-Mahotsav will be held there from February 12 to 21 by Tourism Department. During festival, thrilling and adventure activities will be held. Madhya Pradesh’s multi-hued folk culture will be visible during festival. One can savour different dishes at Food Bazaar also. Cabinet meeting on cruise ‘Narmada Queen’ at Hanuwantiya is a significant step to tap immense possibilities of water tourism in Madhya Pradesh.