With a vision to revive and revamp the state’s tourism sector, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren launched a new tourism policy for the state on July 23 in New Delhi.
The new policy focuses on promotion of religious, eco, adventure, wellness, rural, and mining tourism along with weekend getaways. It aims to make Jharkhand as one of the most sought after tourist destinations by 2025.
On occasion of the launch, Soren said, “The state is a hidden treasure house of nature, culture and sustainable living. From traces of ancient human civilization to its picturesque natural beauty, charismatic heritage and the deep-rooted indigenous traditions and communities — it is a place you will feel at home.”
The new policy seeks to build upon a holistic approach which takes into account the rural tourism and the local economy, at the same time makes room for the modern and urban traveler seeking their refuge and rendezvous with nature, a government release said.
The key focus area of the policy is to develop Parasnath, Madhuban and Itkhori as places of religious pilgrimage.
Development of eco-circuits like Latehar-Netarhat-Betla-Chandil-Dalma-Mirchaiya-Getalsud circuit has also been proposed in the policy.
Efforts will be made to promote various fairs and festivals and to give opportunities to the tourists to experience a slice of the rich and varied cultural heritage of the State by boosting cultural and rural tourism, the release said.
The policy also unravels an array of adventure related activities like paragliding, water sports, rock climbing, motor gliding that the state has to offer. It focuses on promoting Jharkhand as a haven to ‘rest and recuperate’ in order to take forward its pursuit in developing wellness tourism.
The Policy also seeks to attract an influx of investors to the state. Attractive provisions have been proposed for prospective investors such as direct purchases of land of tourism enterprises, road permits, subsidy limit of 20-25% upto Rs10 crores for new tourist units, new tourism units will be entitled to reimbursement of 75% of net SGST paid for 5 years since commencement of commercial operation, no holding tax to be charged to new tourism units and reimbursement of electricity duty for the first five years.
Other measures include benefits for the Municipal Corporation Area and Jamshedpur NAC area with subsidy limits of Rs 7.5 crores and Rs 10 crores respectively, and additional 5% incentive over and above a cap of Rs 5 lakhs for SC/ ST, women entrepreneurs, handicapped persons and Ex-Servicemen shall also be admissible. Special packages will be provided to investors on a first-cum-first serve basis.