Aaditya Thackeray – Marseille News


aditya thackerayThackeray, who opened the conclave, also discussed various programs implemented by the government for the growth of tourism in the state. (Photo source: IE)

Maharsahtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray said on Friday that the state government will establish an airport in Palghar, considering that Mumbai airport is being used to its full potential while Navi Mumbai airport, which will be operational in the future, may be insufficient to meet conditions.

Thackeray added that a decision on the Konkan Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) is expected to be taken by January, with steps being taken to establish a Bollywood and cricket museum in Mumbai.

He made the announcement during a tourism conclave, organized by Loksatta, the Marathi daily newspaper of The Indian Express group, to discuss opportunities for developing the tourism sector in the state. Puneet Chhatwal, Chairman of the ICN National Committee on Tourism and Hospitality and Managing Director and CEO of Indian Hotels Company Ltd was in attendance as a special guest.



Thackeray, who opened the conclave, also discussed various programs implemented by the government for the growth of tourism in the state. “Compared to the facilities available in Mumbai, Palghar has fewer facilities and more attention is paid to it. In the future, the airports of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai will be under great pressure and another airport is needed. Considering the period of a few years needed to develop a new airport, planning has already started for the construction of an airport in Palghar, ”he said.

He noted that the government is considering establishing a cricket museum at Wankhede Stadium and that research is underway to find a suitable location for the establishment of a Bollywood museum.

“Even though everything was blocked due to the Covid restrictions, a number of political decisions were made and tourism policy was formulated in consultation with all stakeholders on how to develop the tourism industry (in state) over the next several years. It was recently decided to maintain the CRZ area in Mumbai up to 50 meters and a decision should be taken by January regarding Konkan CRZ, ”Thackeray said. “In many major cities around the world, life goes on 24 hours a day. Therefore, it is important to have ‘Mumbai 24 Hours’ all day of the week,” he said.

Chhatwal said the tourism sector, which had no income during the Covid period, is now booming.

“Other countries have not yet opened their doors to tourism. This is currently benefiting the tourism sector in India. As a result, at present, there are 100 percent reservations at hotels across the country. They say it’s a kind of « revenge » tourism. But people go out for their happiness, ”he said, while thanking Thackeray for granting industry status to the hospitality sector and for reducing the number of permits required for it.

Title sponsor: Directorate of Tourism, Maharashtra; Supported by: Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC); Corporate partner: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

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