MP tourism which is seeking aggressive private sector participation in developing new tourism products in the state is likely to invite bids for two land parcels located near Indirasagar dam in the next couple of weeks. Senior state tourism officials recently made presentation to a select group of investors in Delhi apprising them with the new investment opportunities in the tourism sector in the state.
“ We have earmarked a huge land parcel close to popular destinations in the state which will be doled out to the interested private parties to develop tourism products. In addition, we are also offering an opportunity to the private players to run heritage properties in the state apart from becoming partner of the state tourism to run and operate wayside amenities,” Hari Ranjan Rao, Tourism Commissioner & Managing Director, MPSTDC told the gathering. As per the details shared by Madhya Pradesh tourism, the state government has earmarked over 350 hectares of land for private sector led tourism development in the state. These land parcels have been identified at locations like Orcha, Khajuraho, Satna, Sanchi, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indirasagar, Indore and Neemach Gandhisagar. Out of these, the bidding process of two land parcels ( 10 and 16.8 hectares) is likely to be set afoot before February end. “ The bids for two land parcels will be floated soon – may be in next fortnight or so. There are two land banks at Hanumantia at the banks of Indirasagar dam near Khandawa. They are at the banks of Asia’s biggest man-made reservoir. It is at this place that we are hosting the unique Jal Mahotsava in February,” Tanvi Sundriyal, Additional MD, Madhya Pradesh later told TourismFirst on the sidelines of the investors meet.
The land parcels have been mostly identified for the creation of different variety of products – resorts, golf courses, airport hotels, eco and adventure tourism. “ We have an idea of what kind of products will suit different locations. But we are not going to make anything binding on the investors. They can come forward with their suggestions. The incentives which we are offering – both fiscal and non-fiscal -are too attractive and we are hopeful that private investors will play an aggressive role in creating new products in the state,” added Sundriyal.