Tourism Minister proposes 1 UNESCO approved tourist site in each 37 districts of Maharashtra

Aaditya Thackeray also suggested to open BMC headquarters to tourists and boost forest tourism. In Jan 2020, he implemented Mumbai 24 Taas policy where malls and restaurants can remain open 24/7.

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In an attempt to boost tourism, the Maharashtra Tourism Department has mooted an idea to maintain at least one tourism site in each of the 37 districts of the state. Maharashtra is also going to recommend four places to the UNESCO to bag the prestigious heritage tag.

Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray, as reported by India Today said, "When we will select one tourism site in each district, the infrastructure surrounding it will also be upgraded. He said that not only the importance of the sites will be highlighted but the needs of the tourists' dining and lodging will also be taken care of.

Help and guidance from various groups of trekkers to educate the visitors on the historical significance of a number of forts in the state, will be taken. ‘The visitors might not be aware of the specific fort's history. They only come, roam around and return. We will request the trekkers' groups to brief the visitors on the specific fort's importance and why it matters," he said.

Aaditya Thackeray has also floated an idea of allowing the forest tourism where the tourists could enjoy a walk in the forests which is not a habitat of predators. "I have proposed to link the tourism and forest departments for this purpose," he said.

Taking forward the project of making south Mumbai a tourist destination, Aaditya Thackeray has also thought of opening the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters to the tourists on the weekends. ‘The tourists could get an opportunity to get a glimpse of the cabins of the Mayor and the Municipal Commissioner. They should also know why the Mumbai Mayor garlands the statue of Ferozshah Mehta every year," he said, emphasising that he wants the tourists to understand Mumbai's history.

This is the second major tourism initiative by the Tourism Minister. In January, last month, he made Mumbai join the rank of global cities that never sleeps. As part of Mumbai 24 Taas (Mumbai 24 hours), as the initiative is called, shops, multiplexes, malls and restaurants in the non-residential areas of Mumbai, such as Nariman Point and the Bandra-Kurla Complex, will have the option to stay open round the clock.

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