To exploit the potential of the 72-km-long Konkan coast and put it on the tourism map, the state government has allotted Rs50 crore for its development. The much-awaited Sea-world theme park project which will showcase the region’s rich marine life has been allotted another Rs100 crore.
Both these projects are part of the Rs285 crore the government has kept aside to give the state tourism sector a boost.
According to finance minister Ajit Pawar, Rs50 crore will be used to promote agricultural and rural tourism in selected villages in Konkan. These villages have been identified across Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Thane districts, where the locals will open their homes and farms to tourists who are interested in living in a rural set up and in experiencing the beauty of the region.
The ambitious theme park, which was proposed in 2010, is finally seeing an allocation. The park is proposed to have the longest sea tunnel in the world similar to Sea World Orlando, a marine life-based zoological park in Florida.
The theme park will have a study centre, dolphin shows, a golf course, a conventional centre, theatre and a theme restaurant.
Apart from Konkan tourism, the budget also provides for the conservation and development of forts, religious places, memorials of historical heritage and museums in Maharashtra.