City to get status as tourist location

Rs 230 crore proposed to be spent to develop spots.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: September 29, 2013 3:03:21 am

The Pune district collectorate and the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) are preparing a draft plan for developing Pune as a tourist spot.

The draft plan was discussed on Friday and will take in suggestions from the District Planning and Development Council after which it will be forwarded to the MTDC. Around Rs 230 crore has been proposed for the project.

The discussion,under Deputy Collector Ganesh Patil and MTDC incharge Nayana Bodarde,listed more than 100 spots in the district.

These destinations are besides the regular locations which are already a part of the tourism map for Pune.

The draft plan studied these sites and details of the infrastructure for destinations such as Dehu Alandi,Bhuleshwar temple,Bhimashankar,said a district official who attended the meeting.

The plan covers well known tourist locations as well as lesser known locations having the potential to be tourist sites.

With most of the states incorporating a sound-and-light show to showcase the history of the place,the plan also makes a mention that these should be carried out at historical locations.

The creation of ropeways,adventure sports,rowing in the backwaters of the dams as well as theme museums are all part of the plan.

Tourism circuits with combination themes covering all of these proposed activities were also discussed in the meet.

Among the new potential sites which are to be explored are the Parvati forest area,Vetal and Hanuman tekdi,Chakan fort,Ghod dam,Bhatgar dam,Bedse caves near Lonaval,Bhandara hill in Dehu,Madhe ghat near Raigad district and Science Park.

For tourists,a separate log book will be set up and collection of details of the tourists visiting the sites as well as emergency numbers for women tourists to ensure their safety have been proposed in the plan.

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