₹350 crore special plan announced to boost forest and water tourism in Vidarbha

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday (January 13) unveiled a special 350 crore plan to promote tourism in Vidarbha and said that various facilities are being developed to enhance the overall tourist experience in the region and generate employment.

Fadnavis added that the government is focusing on the creation of a robust tourism circuit in Vidarbha encompassing both forest and water tourism sectors. He was while inaugurating a cable-stayed bridge over the Wainganga river at Ambhora on the Nagpur-Bhandara border.

“The 350 crore development plan includes an allocation of 100 crore to Bhandara district and 250 crore to Nagpur district. Various facilities are being developed to enhance the overall tourist experience in the region and generation of employment,” he added.

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At the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Pahela-Ambhora cement road performed at Bhandara, Fadnavis emphasised the development of water tourism in Ambhora. A spectator gallery has been constructed on the Ambhora bridge, providing tourists with a panoramic view of the natural beauty, the confluence of five rivers, and the surrounding forest area.

This initiative is expected to boost employment in various sectors, including boating, water sports, water adventure sports, and hotel management. Fadnavis said local people would be given priority in employment opportunities arising from this project.

Meanwhile, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari lauded the Ambhora cable-stayed bridge as a state-of-the-art project incorporating innovative technologies and features. The union minister announced plans to introduce a light and sound show, akin to Nagpur’s Futala Lake, featuring AR Rahman’s music.

This addition aims to attract tourists from around the world, further contributing to the economic development of the region, he said. Gadkari said the Ambhora bridge has significantly reduced the travel distance from Ambhora to Bhandara, alleviating traffic problems and reducing communication costs.

Gadkari also unveiled the Wainganga-Nalganga river interlinking project, aimed to convey water from the Gosekhurd project to dams in Nagpur, Wardha, Yavatmal, Amravati, Akola, Buldhana, and Washim districts through a vast network of canals spanning 600 km.

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