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Gujarat gets approval for INR1,200-crore project for coastal tourism

The Planning Commission has approved a special grant for the Gujarat government’s plan to develop coastal tourism in the state, The Times of India reports. The approval was given during a high-level meeting between the Commission’s Deputy Chairman, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi.

As a part of this project, the government of Gujarat will develop 10 beaches in the state, including Nargol, Tithal in Vadodara, Gopnath and Bhavani in Bhavnagar, Sarkeswar in Amreli, Ahmedpur Mandvi and Madhavpur in Junagadh, Miyani in Porbandar, and Pingleshwar and Mandvi in Kutch.

This project is being undertaken as an attempt to boost coastal tourism, which has remained at quite a low scale in spite of the state having a coastline nearly 1,600km long. The lack of infrastructure facilities at the beaches of Gujarat has been cited as the reason behind the low interest in coastal tourism in the state.

Speaking about the project, Vipul Mitra, Tourism Secretary of the state of Gujarat, said: "The Centre will allocate the amount of the fund in a span of five years, and an amount of INR306 crore will be released in the current year itself. The disbursement this year will also include one-time immediate grant of INR70 crore."

Source: The Times Of India