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Tourism in Konkan region set to go global

A Draft Correspondent | Mumbai

On the occasion the Global Kokan Festival organised by Kokan Bhumi Pratishthan in Mumbai on 5 January, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu announced plans for tourism projects worth Rs 550 crore in Konkan. He said the motive behind the Global Kokan Mahotsav should be the welfare of common man of Konkan which includes farmers, fishermen, youth, women and people from backward classes.

The festival provides a global platform for natural beauty, tourism, industries, agriculture, horticulture, arts, culture and cuisine from Kokan. The festival has created history as it is the largest festival to be held in Mumbai with more than four lakh visitors every year.

Mr Prabhu said initiatives were taken around 25 years back and more than one lakh people have been trained so that they can stand on their own feet. "Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, a new road has been constructed from Dabhad for the first time. Today there are two airports, one at Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg which will benefit the people of Konkan," he added.

Produce from Konkan has been given exposure of international markets. Hapus mango, in particular, has received international recognition as a mango from Konkan region. Marine products export development agency has also been formed for the welfare of fishermen.

In accordance with the central government's district development scheme Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts have been shortlisted for holistic development steps are being taken for creating more employment opportunities for the youth there.

The minister said that initiatives are being taken for development of Konkan Railways through steps such as opening more stations, giving Wifi facilities, etc. He expressed confidence that Konkan region will develop in the right way in the times to come.

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