To promote tourism in Maharashtra, especially the Konkan region known for pristine beaches and the Western Ghats, a new airport has been inaugurated in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.
With new hotels and an airport, the Konkan region is expected to see a jump in tourist arrivals as connectivity improves. Speaking at the event, Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray said, “Ever since the Maha-Vikas Aghadi government came to power in Maharashtra, the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Revenue Minister and my colleague Aditi (Tatkare) have always focused on the Konkan region. On improving things and bringing more tourists here. When we discussed what we needed to do to bring tourists here, we focused on setting up five-star hotels here. Some proposals for hotels from over 20 years. were pending and in the next two years these new hotels will be ready.”
“With more MTDC properties, submarine tourism and the new beach hut policy, we expect to attract the largest number of tourists and we have been aggressive on this for Maharashtra,” he said. Mr Thackeray said, “I want to promise to the people of Konkan that when we are planning to attract tourists to the region we want to make sure that we also protect the environment and our focus is on ensuring will be on.”
Top ministers of the Maharashtra government including Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Industries Minister Subhash Desai and Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray attended the inauguration ceremony. Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the program from New Delhi through video-conferencing and spoke to the gathering in Marathi. Union Minister Narayan Rane was also present on the occasion.
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Responding to a tweet by Mr Scindia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Today is a special day for the wonderful people of the Konkan region and will definitely boost connectivity and tourism.”
The Chipi airport will see regular commercial flights from Mumbai as the first flight from Sindhudurg to Mumbai was conducted under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme, which was launched by Alliance Air landing at the airport on Saturday. was being operated by. Additional connectivity with other cities like Delhi, Pune, Kolkata and Hyderabad is also in the pipeline with other airlines.
Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), which runs the Taj Group of Hotels, has announced the signing of a luxury hotel in Shiroda, located 50 km from the new airport. This land has been taken on lease from the Government of Maharashtra. Spread over 138 acres, this luxury resort will have 150 rooms including 46 villas. It will have several restaurants, a bar and conference facilities. This development will generate and increase employment opportunities while contributing to the tourism revenue in the state of Maharashtra.”
Known for its pristine beaches and temples, the Konkan region struggles with poor connectivity, which was one of the biggest drawbacks to the region. With the new airport and plans to convert it into an international airport, Sindhudurg is expected to see a manifold increase in the number of tourists visiting the region.