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Finance Minister proposes to develop 10 Tourist destinations into Model destinations

Proposes Seaplanes, Ropeways to boost tourism infrastructure

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 12:12 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff | New Delhi

Presenting the Annual Budget for 2018-19, Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister,  has proposed to convert 10 identified prominent tourist destinations into iconic and model destinations by adopting a holistic approach of development with the support of the private sector. He also proposed schemes to enhance the visitor experience at 110 Model Monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the National Heritage City Augmentation scheme of the government.

Among other proposals he touched upon in his Budget speech include scheme to promote Seaplane both for tourism as well as to handle emergency situations. The Finance Minister also proposed establishment of Ropeways as part of improving infrastructure. 

On the aviation infrastructure in the country, the Finance Minister said that the government will enhance the airport capacity to handle one billion trips a year.  He said that 56 unserved airports and 31 unserved helipads have been already activated under the Regional Connectivity scheme of the government and operations have been started on 16 such places. He said that Airport Authority of India has 124 airports under its jurisdiction.

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