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Monday, 28 September, 2020, 16 : 45 PM [IST]

Maharashtra unveils grape park, boat club

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday inaugurated a boat club and grape park in Nashik and a complex built in Kharghar in neighbouring Navi Mumbai by the Maharashtra Tourism.

On World Tourism Day, Uddhav Thackeray also launched a data bank titled “Maharashtra Tourism - Something for Everyone”. The data bank contains information about tourism sites, pilgrim centres, agriculture tourism, UNESCO world heritage sites, airports, hotels, restaurants, resorts, etc. in the state.

During an e-function on Sunday, Thackeray said he had aerially photographed Maharashtra several times and its beauty was phenomenal and ought to reach the world. Thackeray added that the endeavour of his government was to make the state the "number one tourist destination in the country".

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.

Nashik is one of the main pilgrim centres of the country and claimed the boat club and grape park would boost tourist footfalls, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said.

Maharashtra 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.," Aaditya Thackeray was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

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