BMC to start eco-tourism activities; plans to tie-up with hospitality and travel experts to promote the city’s heritage

The civic body will also be inviting hospitality partners to upgrade, maintain and manage guest houses at the given sites

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Eco-tourism activities, Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to start eco-tourism activities around water supply reservoirs like Tansa, Vaitarna, and Modak Sagar dam.  In a bid to attract more visitors to the site, the civic body will be soon organizing activities such as cycling tours, nature trails, bird watching, star gazing non-motorised water sports, camping etc. BMC has also proposed to document the heritage and history behind the streets in Mumbai, natural inheritance, historical structures and natural history of the island city. As per reports, several tours and activities will be organised by relevant experts and agencies which will help in promoting and sensitizing the Mumbaikars about the rich history and heritage of the city.

The civic body will also be inviting hospitality partners to upgrade, maintain and manage guest houses at the given sites.  Shedding more details on the development, civic commissioner, Praveen Pardeshi said, "After our recent renovation work in the zoo, we have been getting more than 1.5 lakh visitors monthly. People want to explore places in and around Mumbai and BMC can help them. Tourism is not our core duty so it doesn't make sense to make BMC staff to manage these activities. There are several good travel agencies that can offer packages at forts and guesthouses. The agencies can also organise activities in municipal gardens where they can collect fees from people and share the revenue with the BMC."

Apart from this Tourism Minister, Aditya Thackeray has also introduced his new initiative the 'Pedestrian First' policy wherein footpaths will be improved with stencil concrete, finishing or plain CC instead of paver blocks. BMC has allotted a fund of INR 50 crore to improve footpaths.

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