Proposal of Special Tourism Zones, to start the second edition of Incredible India Campaign and allocation of INR 1840 Crore are the key point in Union Budget 2017 for Tourism Sector
“To bring the more private investment in the tourism sector, govt. proposed 5 Special Tourism Zones along with Special Purpose Vehicle with financial support from both the government body and the private party to set off input into these special tourism zones”, said Finance Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley today during the presentation of union budget 2017 in parliament.
He further said that to boost the international market and to increase the flow of inbound tourism traffic, we are proposing to launch the second edition of our brand marketing campaign ‘Incredible India’ which will definitely help us to generate more employment in the country. Head post offices will now act as a center and look after all the cases related to the passport. Next two AIIMS have been declared in Jharkhand & Gujarat which would be very beneficial to accelerate the medical tourism as well. In compared to the last year, in this union budget, we have increased the allocated budget for tourism sector from INR 1590 crore to INR 1840 crore apart from an allocation of INR 2702 crore to Civil Aviation separately.
To serve the purpose of tourists the special pilgrim tourist trains will be launched soon by the Ministry of Railways. FM said that 3500 km of rail track will be built in next financial year. INR 2000 crore were additionally declared for the coastal land network basically to improve accessibility to ports and coastal populations. To fulfill the objective of cleaning the railway system, newly developed bio-toilets will be fitted in all coaches by next 2 years. We have also targeted to lighted by electricity 7000 stations with solar energy. FM said that after demonetisation online rail reservation through IRCTC went up from 10% to 68% thus to support online booking, we propose to withdraw the service tax from it. With a specific end goal to help travelers to raise voice against dissatisfaction about coaches of the train, Jaitley additionally proposed a computer-based application ‘Coach Mitra’.
Mr. Jaitley also proposed to make a Railway Safety Fund with a corpus of INR 100 thousand crore throughout the following five years. It would be grown with a seed by the legislature and various resources of the Indian Railways.
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