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Featuring State Maharashtra's Initiatives on Sustainable Tourism


Maharashtra Tourism Policy – 2016 - 2023 at a Glance

Highlights of the 2016 Maharashtra Tourism Policy are as follows:

1. Designate Tourism as a priority sector since it holds the potential to usher in economic development and generate high employment opportunities in Maharashtra – change—the policy will establish.

2. Achieve sector growth of 10% per annum and share of 15% in GSDP through tourism and tourism related activities.

3. Generate fresh investments in the tourism sector to the tune of INR 30,000 crore by 2025

4. Create 1 million additional jobs in the tourism sector by 2025

5. Incentivize tourism units in the state by linking it to the Package Scheme of Incentives, 2013 of Industries, Energy and Labor Department or any modifications thereafter. The incentives under this policy are designed as per the needs of the tourism sector in the state.

6. Key strategic interventions are identified and special incentives for respective intervention have been laid out.

7. Strengthening of tourism infrastructure especially in the form of PPP model, special tourism infrastructure Tourism Infrastructure development fund, CSR, etc. are defined in this policy.

Maharashtra Embarks To Realise Net Zero Mission

Maharashtra joined the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) in 2022 as part of its efforts to combat plastic pollution. The move, announced during the WEF’s annual meeting held in Davos, Switzerland, follows the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5), in which member nations agreed to be held legally accountable for their contributions to the global plastic pollution crisis.

Maharashtra’s Environment and Climate Change Ministry will work in collaboration with the GPAP to launch a National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP), a platform to help tackle plastic pollution in Maharashtra. As part of the initiative, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has decided to set up a plastic park at the new industrial estate at Ajang in Malegaon taluka.

Maharashtra Green Building Policy

The Maharashtra Green Building Policy have recently been approved by the Government of Maharashtra. Urban Development Department Government of Maharashtra is seeking to receive suggestions from the citizens so that necessary suggestions can be worked upon and updated recommendations can be sent to the state government for further deliberation.

Terms and Conditions

1. The suggestion must not contain any provocative, objectionable or inappropriate content.

2. The suggestion can be submitted in English and Marathi language both.

3. The Urban Development Department Government of Maharashtra, if it so decides, reserves the right to not proceed with the suggestions at any stage.

4. The decision of Urban Development Department Government of Maharashtra will be final and binding on all participants.

Project Aurangabad Ploggers

Aurangabad Ploggers’, comprising of a bunch of enthusiastic residents of Aurangabad, Maharashtra who are working towards making India a ‘plastic-free nation’. Aurangabad Ploggers was founder Nikhil Khandelwal in December 2020.

Currently they have over 500 volunteers from across the city. Aurangabad Ploggers aims to create plastic-free India and the group is working relentlessly to achieve their goal. The below are the verticals executed by them to create PLASTIC FREE INDIA.

· Plogging in which areas of Aurangabad

· Teaching waste management

· Chalk of shame

· Kind and quantity of waste collected

· Recycling plastic waste

· Aiming to create plastic-free India

Environmental Balanced Prosperous Village Development Scheme

Gramothathan campaign has been started to bring sustainable village development in the state on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Year of the establishment of Maharashtra State. This development is expected by people's initiatives, in the financial, technical and administrative collaboration of the government in the three areas of Physical, Livelihood. This is a program for quality physical infrastructure. An important principle in sustainable rural development is that in order to create high-quality copies of the material at one place in the village, it should be considered beforehand that how natural resources can be used to maintain a sustainable environment.

Increasing the population of the day and the loss of natural resources is going down, so many topics like 'Global Warming' are being rooted. The need of the hour is to create an affluent and prosperous village by conserving, saving and protecting the environment, so the Government started the Environmental Balanced Village Scheme in the year 2010-11. The purpose of this scheme is to provide sustainable development of the village by maintaining ecological balance.

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