Gujarat Global News Network, Gandhinagar
Now tourists coming to Gujarat will have opportunity to stay at heritage monuments and palaces. The state government has given nod to convert heritage palaces, forts and structures into hotels, banquet halls, restaurants etc. The government will also provide financial aid for the purpose.
This is the first heritage tourism policy of Gujarat which has Ahmedabad as firs theritage city of the country and lots of heritage structures in other parts. The policy is aimed to boost tourism and at the same time generate employment opportunities.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the policy today morning and said that structures built before 1950 will benefit from this scheme which envisages utilisation of unused ancient heritage structures. The state government will provide an aid of Rs.5 to 10 crores to new or existing hotels for renovations and expansion.
The CM said that the restoration or expansion work should be done without altering or damaging the existing original structure. The government will provide an aid of Rs.45 lakh to one crore for development.
Gujarat has many world famous historic sites like Modhera Sun temple, Lothal, forts of Junagadh, Vadodara, Champaner, Rani Ki Vaav and others. Besides Ahmedabad has a rich heritage walled city with beautiful pol houses and gates. This policy will help generate local employment and foreign currency.
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