Bombay High Court and University of Mumbai to open to tourists on non-working days

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The iconic buildings of the Bombay High Court and the University of Mumbai will now be open to tourists as part of heritage walks on weekends as the Maharashtra tourism department signed an agreement with the respective authorities on Monday. .

The Maharashtra Tourism Department has signed a Heritage Tour Memorandum of Understanding with the High Court of Bombay and the University of Mumbai to allow tourists to visit these iconic buildings on non-working days – Saturdays and Sundays, a declared MTDC on the occasion of the World Tourism Day.

While the University of Mumbai will be open to tourists on Sundays and public holidays, and the tour will be led by TOGA (Tourist Guide Association) guides, he added.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has launched a revamped multilingual website on Maharashtra tourism. It is available in 9 languages, including English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Telugu, French, Japanese and Spanish.

Speaking on the occasion, Tourism, Environment and Protocol Minister Aaditya Thackeray said the focus on political reforms and infrastructure development would put Maharashtra at the forefront of the tourism map. worldwide over the next few years.

“We have focused on policy reform over the past year. It is believed that over the next few years Maharashtra will be at the forefront of the global tourism map due to the efforts of the tourism department, ”Thackeray said at a meeting to mark World Tourism Day 2021.

To boost the sector, the government of Maharashtra has reduced the number of applications and licenses needed to start a tourism-related business to just 10 from the previous 70-80, he added.

Likewise, the required No Objection Certificates (NOCs) have been reduced to 9 self-certifications of the first 15 NOCs and 3-month deadlines for the issuance of various licenses, among others, have been introduced, which will benefit the sector.

The government has also granted industry status to the tourism and hospitality sector, which has been on hold since 1999, the minister said.

“Basic tourism infrastructure is now on the fast track. Today, several large international five and seven star hotels were interested in locating in various parts of Maharashtra. We will be holding several meetings to listen to stakeholders on improving tourism in Maharashtra in the coming months. days, ”Thackeray said.

The minister added that the opening of Chippi airport in October will give a major boost to tourism in the Konkan region.

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Posted on: Monday September 27th, 2021, 7:53 PM IST

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