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Maharashtra mulls ‘tourism zone’ near Navi Mumbai International Airport

Maharashtra is planning to establish a dedicated ‘tourism zone’ in the vicinity of the upcoming greenfield international airport in Navi Mumbai. This proposal is part of the draft tourism policy for Maharashtra, expected to be presented before the state cabinet in the near future.

The proposed tourism zone, spanning 1,000 acres near the Navi Mumbai international airport, will comprise a mix of amenities such as amusement parks, hotels, restaurants, and hotel management and training institutes. This strategic location has been chosen as it falls within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) growth hub, aiming to boost tourism-related activities in the area.

According to a state tourism department official, the tourism zone will also feature a hotel management and training institute, emphasizing skill development to address the need for trained manpower in the private sector.

Additionally, the draft policy includes provisions for the establishment of a dedicated ‘tourism police’ corps, composed of ex-servicemen, to be deployed in tourist areas. These personnel will undergo training in activities such as assisting tourists. The policy will also focus on various forms of experimental tourism, including rural tourism, adventure tourism, community tourism, and wellness tourism. Furthermore, it incorporates a single-window clearance mechanism for the hospitality sector.

Stakeholder consultations have been concluded, and the draft policy is expected to be submitted to the state Cabinet soon for approval.

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