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Special Scheme for Sustainable Tourism



Special Scheme for Sustainable Tourism 
The Ministry of Tourism has launched a Comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) for three major segments of tourism industry, namely Tour Operators, Accommodation and Beaches, Backwaters, Lakes & Rivers sectors during the sensitization Workshop on Sustainable Tourism for Stakeholders organized in August 2014. The criterion has been adopted by the stakeholders. 


Further, the Ministry has guidelines for approval of Hotel Projects at the implementation stage and also guidelines for classification/re-classification of operational hotels under various categories. As per these guidelines, hotels at the project stage itself are required to incorporate various eco-friendly measures like Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), Rain Water Harvesting System, waste management system, pollution control, introduction of non-Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) equipment for refrigeration and air conditioning, measures for energy and water conservation etc. Under the guidelines for project level & classification/re-classification of operational hotels, it has been prescribed that the architecture of the hotel buildings in hilly and ecologically fragile areas should be sustainable and energy efficient and as far as possible be in conformity with the local ethos and make use of local designs and material.

The tour operators approved by Ministry of Tourism have to sign a pledge for commitment towards Safe & Honourable Tourism and Sustainable Tourism to fully implement Sustainable Tourism practices, consistent with the best environment and heritage protection standards, such that the present tourism resource requirements optimize both local community benefit and future sustainable uses.

The Ministry of Tourism holds a constant dialogue with State Governments/U.T. Administrations, various tourism related institutions and stakeholders for drawing up strategies for development and promotion of tourism in the country including Sustainable Tourism. The Ministry of Tourism supports from time to time various seminars and events that deliberate or focus on tourism in the country including Sustainable Tourism in rural areas.

However, no analysis on the impact of global climate change on the historical monuments and other tourist destinations has been made and no research has been conducted on the various issues of sustainable tourism by the Ministry of Tourism.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 
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Development of Puranic Chakra Teerth 
                                                           
Ministry of Tourism has launched a new Plan Scheme ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive’ (PRASAD) in the year 2014-15 for development and beautification of pilgrimage sites of the country. State-wise list of 13 pilgrimage sites so far identified for development and beautification under the scheme is given below:

Sl. No
Name of the Site
Name of the State
1.
Amaravati
Andhra Pradesh
2.
Kamakhya
Assam
3.
Gaya
Bihar
4.
Patna
-do-
5.
Dwarka
Gujarat
6.
Puri
Odisha
7.
Amritsar
Punjab
8.
Ajmer
Rajasthan
9.
Kanchipuram
Tamil Nadu
10.
Vellankanni
-do-
11.
Kedarnath
Uttarakhand
12.
Mathura
Uttar Pradesh
13.
Varanasi
-do-

Identification of more destinations under the scheme is a continuous process, subject to availability of resources and adherence to scheme guidelines.
        
Ministry of Tourism has launched another Plan Scheme “Swadesh Darshan” in 2014-15 for integrated development of theme based circuits. Under Swadesh Darshan twelve thematic circuits have been identified, including four religious/spiritual thematic circuits i.e. Buddhist Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Spiritual Circuit and Ramayana Circuit.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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Development of Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham 
                                   

Ministry of Tourism launched a Plan Scheme “National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive” (PRASAD). Under the PRASAD scheme 13 sites in the country have been identified for promoting and developing places of religious importance.         

The sites identified under the scheme are Amritsar, Ajmer, Kedarnath, Dwaraka, Mathura, Varanasi, Gaya, Kamakhya, Puri, Amaravati, Kanchipuram, Vellankanni and Patna.
           
Ministry of Tourism has launched another Plan Scheme “Swadesh Darshan” in 2014-15 for integrated development of theme based circuits. Under Swadesh Darshan twelve thematic circuits have been identified, including four religious/spiritual thematic circuits i.e. Buddhist Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Spiritual Circuit and Ramayana Circuit.

             Details of funds sanctioned for Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Amarnath during last three years is given below:-

Details of Projects Sanctioned for Amarnath, Badrinath, Kedarnath and Gangotri during 12th Plan Period (i.e. upto 2013-14)
                                                                                                                                                                                           (Rs. in lakh)
Sl.
No.
Name of projects
Amount Sanctioned

Amarnath


2012-13

1.       
Development of Facilities en-route to Pahalgam Shrine of Shri Amarnathji track  by Pahalgam Development Authority
163.49
2.       
Development and Promotion of Pilgrim Circuit (TRC at Gurudwara Nangali Sahib, TRC at Shri Buddha Amarnathji and TRC at Ziarat Sain Miran Sahib) in Poonch District  by Pooch Dev Authority.
419.74

Badrinath


2013-14

3.
Construction of Sulabh Toilet Complex at different places in Sri Badrinath Dham in Uttarakhand
399.32
4.
Integrated Dev. of Tourism Infrastructure Circuit of Wayside Amenites TRH, Bio Toilets, Tourist Facilitation Centre, Retaining wall, Pathway (Karnaprayag- Kaleshwar- Nandprayag- Kaldubagarh- Hemkund Sahib- Bhewdaar- Badrinath- Mana- Bhayundaar- Nauti- Mundoli- Gwaldam) and Reconstruction of Snan Ghat, Rafting Deck under Panch Prayag circuit in Chamoli District in Uttarakhand
719.25
5.
Dev. of Reconstruction of Tourism Infrastructure Circuit at Joshimath enroute to Badrinath, Gobind Ghat enroute to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers including Tourist Reception/Information Center, Kiosks, Gender based wayside amenities, Rain Shelters, Solid Waste Management, Informatory Signages, etc. in Uttarakhand
787.50

Kedarnath


2013-14

6.
Integrated Development of Tourism Infrastructure Circuit at Ukhimath and surrounding areas enroute to Kedarnath including Tourist Reception and information Centre, Kiosks, Gender Based Wayside Amenities, Rain Shelter, Solid Waste Management, Informatory Signages in District Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand
787.50

Gangotri


2013-14          

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Integrated Development of Tourism Circuit – TRH, Sulabh Toilets, Public Yatri Niwas, TCC at Gangotri- Bhatwari – Sangamchhatti- Harshil- Arakot – Jhala-Bhatwari- Harsil- Dharli in District Uttarakashi, Uttarakhand
787.50

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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Promotion of Adventure Tourism 
Adventure Tourism is one of the emerging segments of travel in India. The Ministry of Tourism extends Central Financial Assistance to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for the development of tourism projects including Adventure Tourism, on the basis of proposals received from them subject to adherence of relevant scheme guidelines and availability of funds utilization of funds release earlier.

The National Tourism Policy, 2002 and the Report of the Working Group on Tourism for the 12th Five Year Plan lay thrust on development and promotion of Adventure Tourism. The steps taken by the Ministry of Tourism to promote Adventure Tourism, inter alia, include issuance of guidelines for Approval of Adventure Tour Operators, formulation of basic minimum standards for Adventure Tourism activities, etc. The Ministry of Tourism has been promoting Adventure Tourism through its domestic and international campaigns.

The Ministry of Tourism had launched a campaign ‘777 days of Incredible Indian Himalayas’ on 27th September 2013 to promote the tourism potential of the Indian Himalayas. The campaign, inter alia, aimed at promoting Indian Himalayas as an incredible tourism product and to make it as round the year destination. This campaign was conceived after holding a detailed discussion with the representatives of the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI). The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India has appreciated this initiative of the Ministry of Tourism.

The Ministry of Tourism also extends financial support for capacity building/training programmes in the adventure tourism sector.

In addition, the Ministry of Tourism in its guidelines for Basic Minimum Standards for Adventure Tourism related activities has identified the following categories of adventure tourism viz. land, water and air based activities which include mountaineering, trekking, river running, hang gliding, para gliding and bungee jumping.

Safety-precautionary measures to prevent any untoward incidents are under the purview of concerned State Governments/Union Territory Administrations.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 
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University and Skill Development Centres for Development Of Tourism 
The Ministry of Tourism is exploring possibility of obtaining statutory status for the National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology and the Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism for awarding degrees in the field of Hospitality and Tourism education, respectively.

The skill development programmes of the Ministry of Tourism are implemented through the Institutes of Hotel management and other identified institutions under the Scheme “Capacity Building for Service Providers”.

Development of tourism is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. The Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for tourism infrastructure projects as per the relevant scheme guidelines subject to availability of funds and receipt of due utilization certificates.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 
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Inflow of Tourists 
                                               

The number of Domestic Tourist Visits (DTVs) and the Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) to various States/ Union Territories (UTs) during each of the last five years are as below:

                                                                        (DTVs/FTVs in lakhs)
Year
DTVs
FTVs
2010
7477
179
2011
8645
195
2012
10450
183
2013
11425
200
2014
12901
226

The DTVs and FTVs reveal an increasing trend during the last five years except a decline in FTVs during 2012.

            The Ministry of Tourism has formulated a draft National Tourism Policy 2015 with the aim of positioning India as a “Must Experience” and “Must Revisit” destination for global travellers, whilst encouraging Indians to explore their own country and realise the potential of tourism as a major engine for economic growth, employment generation and poverty alleviation in a sustainable, responsible and inclusive framework, to the betterment of the community.

The Ministry of Tourism held rounds of consultations to obtain inputs for the Policy from overseas tour operators, stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industries, State Governments and UT Administrations, experts, veterans and eminent personalities in the field of tourism. The draft Policy was also hosted on the official websites of the Ministry of Tourism for seeking public comments.  In addition, as part of the inter-ministerial consultations, the draft Policy has been circulated among 33 Central Ministries/Departments inviting their comments.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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Exemption from Rainwater Harvesting System 

The provisions with respect to sewage treatment plant, waste management system and rainwater harvesting system in the Starred hotels, heritage hotels,   guest houses, as well as guest houses of apartment category hotels as enunciated in their respective guidelines issued by the Ministry of Tourism, for approval/classification are given as under:-  

1)      Starred Hotels:- Sewage treatment plant, waste management system and rainwater harvesting system are mandatory. However, sewage treatment plant is not mandatory condition for hotels which have obtained completion certificate for construction before 01.04.2012.

2)      Heritage Hotels and Guest Houses:- Waste Management system is mandatory.

3)      Apartment Hotels:- Waste Management system, water harvesting and disposal/recycling as per Pollution Control Board norms are mandatory.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.


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