The Maharashtra government is in the process of formulating a new tourism policy for the state, which includes beaches in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts, tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray told the assembly on Wednesday.
Thackeray said that a proposal to develop resorts and hotels in the coastal Konkan region is also under consideration. “Infrastructure in Konkan is being upgraded with development of Mumbai-Goa highway, an airport at Chippy in Sindhudurg and a coastal road”.
He also said that tourism is not on the priority list of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). On this, Leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said that the ADB fund for road development and infrastructure works, which can be used for the construction of coastal roads.
Replying to Fadnavis, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that the government is working in this direction. The coastal road is an under-construction eight-lane, 29.2 km long freeway that runs along the west coast of Mumbai to Kandivali in the north connecting Marine Lines in the south.