MAYOR UMA Shashi Sharma on Wednesday announced that a special luxury bus service would be initiated soon to ferry tourists to places of historical and religious interest in the City as well as nearby towns of Mandu, Ujjain and Maheshwar.
The Mayor’s remarks came while delivering an address at the two-day international Mayors’ Conference that got underway at Hotel Welcome in Vadodara (Gujarat) today. First citizens of several Indian cities as well as mayors from Australia and Korea are participating in the event.
The delegates were asked to deliver addresses on two subjects – ‘Methods adopted to boost tourism’ and ‘Adherence to the Right to Information (RTI) Act’.
Uma declared that the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) was in the process of setting up a luxury bus service for inbound tourists, both domestic and foreign.
“Indore, which serves as the gateway to the temple towns of Ujjain and Maheshwar as well as the world-famous fortified city of Mandu has immense tourism potential. We aim to leverage the City’s proximity to these sites by setting up infrastructure so that Indore can emerge as a hub for historical and religious tourism,” she declared.
She added that sleek, ultra-low vehicles akin to the ones being used by City Bus service, which was won acclaim from experts all over the country, would be used for the purpose. A proposal to this effect has already been submitted to a team of Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials that recently visited Indore, informed the Mayor.
Commenting on the steps taken to ensure effective implementation of the RTI Act, the Mayor stressed that the IMC had done its best to ensure that people received the desired information within the specified timeframe.
She cited measures like the single-window clearance system for building permission and computerisation of revenue and accounts records as steps taken to ensure transparency in the Corporation’s functioning.
The Mayor departed for Vadodara late on Tuesday evening to attend the two-day seminar. She will return to Indore on October 13.