Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated a boat club and
grape park in Nashik and a complex built in Kharghar in
neighbouring Navi Mumbai by the state tourism department.
He also launched a data bank titled ''Maharashtra
Tourism - Something for Everyone'', which contains information
about tourism sites, pilgrim centres, agriculture tourism,
UNESCO world heritage sites, airports, hotels, restaurants,
resorts etc in the state.
He was speaking at his official residence Varsha
during a tourism e-function on Sunday.
The CM said he had aerially photographed Maharashtra
several times and its beauty was phenomenal and ought to reach
the world, adding that the endeavor of his government was to
make the state the "number one tourist destination in the
He said it was not just enough developing tourist
sites but related infrastructure too has to be developed.
State Revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat said eight
crore people visited the country every year and Maharashtra
has potential to showcase agri tourism, jungles of Vidarbha
and the Konkan coast.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said
Nashik is one of the main pilgrim centres of the country and
claimed the boat club and grape park would boost tourist
State Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray said a plan
had been made to boost agri-tourism and informed that the Taj
group of hotels was building a tourism centre in Konkan.
He said Chipi airport (in Sindhudurg) and two 5-star
hotels will come up soon, and the beach shack policy of the
government would also attract tourists.
"Caravan tourism and adventure tourism policy is being
worked upon. Efforts are on to tie up with forest, water
resources departments for eco-tourism, bird observation,
trekking, cycling initiatives etc," he said. PTI MR