Terming tourism an economic mainstay and serious business for Rajasthan, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday doled out several new programmes and initiatives to promote tourism and increase tourists influx in her Budget for 2014-15.
Raje in the Budget declared to celebrate Rajasthan Foundation Day on large scale again.
She announced to promote Sambhar area in Jaipur district as a new hub for tourism and earmarked Rs 37.65 crore for developing infrastructure, including a bird watching deck in the area, best known for the Sambhar salt lake.
Development of a ‘Mega Desert Tourist Circuit’ comprising Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Pali, Mount Abu and Sambhar was another announcement under which works for heritage conservation, landscaping and other works would be initiated with Rs 50 crore.
New Tourism Unit Policy, GIS mapping for tourism related infrastructure facilities and several other project for development of places of tourists interest were also announced by Raje.
Development and renovation of Rana Sanga Smarak and Panorama in Khanwa village of Bharatpur, Weir Fort and Safed Mahal, Bharatpur at a estimated cost of Rs 3.55 crore, development of government Museum at Mount Abu and Pandit Deen Dayal Memorial Museum at Dhankhya village in Jaipur, renovation of Ravindra Manch Jaipur were among other announcements for Archaeology, Museum, Art and Culture sector.
She also said that renovation of identified temples and Infrastructure Development would be conducted after preparing Master Plan.
Raje also made announcements to improve air connectivity in the state.
She said the government would do an MoU with Pawan Hans for providing helicopter services to various religious places in the state and Inter-State non-scheduled air services would also be started soon.
The CM announced that 16 air strips in the state would be improved and commercial airlines would be invited to start
their operations using these strips.