Maharashtra government has decided to emulate the bordering state Goa model
of beach development by providing semi permanent shacks right on the coast near
the sea to provide food snacks besides drinks to the tourists in an effort to
promote beach tourism.
Eight popular beaches in four coastal districts of the state may soon have
beach shacks, like the neighbouring state of Goa, with the Maharashtra cabinet
clearing the policy to promote tourism on June 25th
The cabinet also gave a go-ahead to a proposal to monetise two land parcels
and five resorts owned by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation
The beaches selected for development of tourism are from both Konkan region
and Northern Maharashtra adjoining Gujarat. . Each of these beaches will have a
maximum of 10 shacks of the permitted size of 15ftx15ft with a 20ftx15ft shade
in front of it.
Tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted, “8 beaches in Maharashtra have
been approved for eco-friendly beach shacks. This will be a major tourist facility.
80 per cent employment to locals is a must.”
Preference to set up the shacks will be given to the local people. “Since
there cannot be permanent structures coming up due to coastal regulations, we
are allowing these temporary structure with licences for three years.
Shacks can only come
up in areas approved by the tourism directorate
Shacks can only come up in areas approved by the tourism directorate with
permits from the State Coastal Area Management Authority, a statement issued by
the government stated.
The shacks can operate between 7am and 7pm and will have to follow certain
restrictions. They will also have to install CCTV cameras, the statement said.
Of the MTDC-run resorts which will be given on lease to the private sector
are located at Ganpatipule, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Harihareshwar, Mithbaon in
the first phase. Besides the resorts, huge land parcels at Tadoba national park
and Fardapur in Aurangabad are also up for grabs to private players for tourism
facilities. The open land at these two places is more than 5 hectares, and the
lease will be based on the interest shown by private companies.
The resorts and open
land will be given on 90-years lease
The resorts and open land will be given on 90-years lease, and rent and
premium will be decided as per the existing norms issued by the high-power
committee headed by the chief secretary.
On the decision to lease out MTDC properties to private players, Chief
Minister Uddhav Thackeray tweeted, “This will help the state with increased
revenue and most importantly build a world class tourism hospitality sector in
Maharashtra with partnerships with the best hotel brands in the world.”
MTDC has already leased out 23 of its resorts and manages 27 of them at
prime tourism spots, including five for which the decision was taken on
Thursday. The resort in Ganpatipule has more than 100 suites and rooms, while
Harihareshwar resort has the capacity of 30 rooms with high occupancy rate.