In an encouraging development, likely to boost infrastructure related investment in the state, Madhya Pradesh’s newly constituted Tourism Board has procured above 849-hectare land for the tourism department at 144 places of 49 districts of the state and created a Land Bank for tourism projects. Besides this, at 71 points, additional 432-hectare land has been identified. Land procurement is already underway, and it is expected to be transferred to the tourism department soon. Amidst land bank 60-hectare land allotted to 16 private investors which generated a premium of INR 23.50 crore.
Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) Surendra Patwa informed that the State has been segregated in five tourism regions and potential of private investment has been identified. In Indore region, Indore, Dhar, Khanwa, Burhanpur, Khargone, Badwani, Alirajpur, Jhabua, Ujjain, Ratlam, Dewas, Agra Malwa, Mandsaur and Neemuch district in 43 areas around 233 hectare land has been transferred to Tourism Department by the Board. Besides this, in these districts additional 17 areas have been identified for procurement and are in process.
In Jabalpur Region, land has been identified in Jabalpur, Katni, Narsinghpur, Chhindwara, Seoni, Mandla, Balaghat, Dindori, Shahdol, Umaria and Anuppur district at 28 areas around 82 hectare land has been transferred, while at 10 points 32 hectare additional land has been identified for land acquisition. Similarly, in Bhopal region at 33 points around 135-hectare land has been transferred in Bhopal, Sihore, Rajgarh, Vidisha, Raisen, Hoshangabad, Betul, Harda districts.
In these districts at 16 points, around 82 hectare additional land has been identified. In Gwalior region for development of tourism around 111 hectare land at 15 points has been transferred while in districts of Gwalior, Guna, Shivpuri, Ashok Nagar, Sheopur, Morena, Bhind and Teekamgarh around 32 additional land at 10 points have been identified by the Board. Similarly, in Rewa area at 25 area around 285 hectare land has been transferred by the Board for tourism development inviting private investment in districts of Rewa, Sidhi, Satna, Singrauli, Sagar, Chhatarpur, Panna and Damoh. As additional 24 hectare land in 71 points have been identified. Through land bank private investors under land transfer policy under Tourism Project 94 hectare land in 19 land plots for Hotel, Resorts and other establishments’ tenders have been invited. In this, noted groups like Mahendra Holiday, Orange County, State Express, JahanumaPalce Hotel, Gen-X Hotel, Sristi Ventures have been included.