Tourism Boost: Five Star Hotels To Be Established In Sindhudurg Game Reserve, Tadoba, Maharashtra | Bombay News

In a bid to boost tourism in the state, the Maharashtra government on Thursday signed a Lease Agreement and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with two hotel groups to build five-star facilities in Sindhudurg National Park and Tadoba near Chandrapur.

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has signed an agreement with Indian Hotels Company Ltd, which manages Taj Hotels, for the development of a five-star tourist property in Shiroda-Velagar, Sindhudurg district, while the tourism department has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thriving Hotel Pvt Ltd for another five star hotel around the Tadoba Game Reserve to boost tourism. Hotel groups are expected to build the properties within three years.

“For us in the Tourism Department, it was a proud moment. Our mission will start to be stimulated again as more and more hotel groups come to Maharashtra to give a boost to international tourism in Maharashtra… These two hotels will bring more 125 crore investment in Maharashtra (sic),” State Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted after signing the agreements at the official residence of Chief Minister (CM), Varsha. He added that the department, through its programs and plans, will ensure that the tourism sector contributes the maximum to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the state over the next six months.

The state cabinet on June 10 passed a proposal to allocate 54.40 hectares of land to Shiroda in Vengurla tehsil of Sindhudurg district for a five-star facility. With the agreement signed on Thursday, the land was leased for 90 years at nominal rent for tourism development in the state’s tourist district.

The land, according to officials, was leased at a nominal rent of 1 and single premium of 110% of the advance rate.

The proposal sat in limbo for more than 25 years. After the decision to allocate land to the Taj Group was taken in 1994, the land was acquired in stages until 1998 by MTDC. Part of the land is in the possession of the group, while they lobbied for possession of the remaining land.

“Taj Hotels Group has officially arrived in Sindhudurg now. The district, supposed to be a tourist pole, had been waiting for this crown for 2 decades. The MVA government resolved the issues within the first 3 months and today a Memorandum of Understanding was signed. In 3 years a Taj Hotel will open in Shiroda,” tweeted

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the state has several beaches, forts, forests and tigers in the Tadoba reserve.

“We should present these places to the world in the right way. The state still encourages investment in the tourism sector. With the arrival of Taj Hotels in Konkan, the world will experience the splendor of Konkan,” Thackeray said in a statement from the Chief Minister’s office.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar added that the development of tourism will lead to increased job opportunities in the state.


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