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"Shri Modi addresses inaugural ceremony of Gujarat Travel Mart"
"It is my dream to develop tourism to its maximum potential and ensure that it contributes maximum employment and GDP to the services sector: Shri Modi"
"Earlier Gujarat was nowhere on India’s tourism map. It was in 2006 that we decided to give top priority to this sector. We declared 2006 as ‘Year of Tourism’ and all Government departments coordinated to make Gujarat a tourist friendly state: Shri Modi"
"From Rs. 30 crore in 2005-2006, the tourism budget today is Rs. 500 crore: Shri Modi"
"In the last year Gujarat got over 22 million tourists and witnessed a tourism growth rate of over 16%, which is double of the national tourism growth rate: Shri Modi"
"Those who know the tourism sector know what potential there is Gujarat: Shri Modi"
"Shri Modi speaks on the massive potential of spiritual tourism in Gujarat"
"Shri Modi calls for growth of kids tourism"
"For kids, seeing is believing. We can tell industrial houses, the kids want to see how your products are made. They can see ports as well: Shri Modi"
"Immense scope of eco-tourism in Saputara Aravalli hills. Our efforts to promote tourism there have helped the tribal communities and helped in preserving the natural beauty of these places: Shri Modi"

On the evening of Monday 1st April 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the inaugural ceremony of Gujarat Travel Mart, which will serve as a showcase for stimulating travel, tourism, hospitality, leisure and other related industries through B2B exchange. Shri Modi listed out the steps taken by the Gujarat Government in the last few years to promote tourism and stated that it is his dream to develop tourism to its maximum potential and ensure that it contributes maximum employment and GDP to the services sector.

Talking about the phenomenal growth in Gujarat’s tourism sector, Shri Modi recalled that despite being a land known for its hospitality, Gujarat was nowhere on India’s tourism map. “It was in 2006 that we decided to give top priority to this sector. We declared 2006 as ‘Year of Tourism’ and all Government departments coordinated to make Gujarat a tourist friendly state,” he shared. Shri Modi further recalled that in 2005-2006 the budget for tourism was Rs. 30 crore whereas today it stands at Rs. 500 crore. “This is the evidence that tourism is a priority sector for us and we want to contribute in tourism growth,” said Shri Modi.

Giving further examples to illustrate Gujarat’s impressive strides in tourism, Shri Modi declared that in the last year Gujarat got over 22 million tourists and witnessed a tourism growth rate of over 16%, which is double of the national tourism growth rate. “We won three National Awards in Tourism. Lonely Planet Magazine rated us among the world’s 10 unsung places. We have reached a stage where the world’s eyes are on us. Those who know the tourism sector know what potential there is Gujarat,” affirmed the Chief Minister.

Talking about the strong potential of tourism in Gujarat, Shri Modi gave the example of Rann Utsav. “At one time Kutch had negative growth. People left Kutch and went as far as Assam. But now, the Rann that was earlier seen as a cause of trouble is not a land of progress. Like we have Torans in Indian tradition, I can say that Rann Utsav is India’s Toran to the world,” opined Shri Modi. He said that Rann Utsav has brought a big difference in the lives of local craftsmen, singers, musicians etc.

Likewise, Shri Modi spoke at length about the massive potential for spiritual tourism in Gujarat. He said, “From the Chakradhari Mohan (Lord Krishna) to the Charkhadhari Mohan (Mahatma Gandhi), we have a rich history and culture. From Dholavira to Dholera, it is a long journey of progress.” Shri Modi gave the example of Udawada, the place that is revered by the Parsi community. Shri Modi also declared, “No one knows that Gujarat is rich in Buddhist history. People think Buddhist tourism was restricted to eastern part of India only.” He shared that Gujarat is rich in Buddhist sites and relics and further shared that his own birth town of Vadnagar was home to a Buddhist monastery. “Gujarat will be known in the Buddhist circuit in the days to come,” he expressed confidence. Shri Modi brought out Gujarat’s strong links with Sikhism as well, “One on the Panj Pyaras hailed from Gujarat and Guru Nanak ji himself stayed in Gujarat,” and added, “For Jains, Palitana is a revered sport. For all faiths there is something or the other in Gujarat and we want to further promote it in the days to come.”

The Chief Minister listed the immense scope of eco-tourism in Saputara Aravalli hills. He opined that efforts to promote tourism there have helped the tribal communities and helped in preserving the natural beauty of these places. Going beyond, Shri Modi talked about the scope in bird tourism, saying, “There are lot of bird watchers in Gujarat and you will find many species here. Last year we had bird watcher’s conference. Infact I have seen that bird watchers make the best tourists. They come with their bags and do not leave till they have spotted what they came for.” Shri Modi also spoke about the increase in film shootings in Gujarat, both Bollywood and regional cinema. He said that the Government is thinking about a policy to attract more shootings and popularize the tourist locations of Gujarat.

Shri Modi stated that he sees many opportunities in other spheres like agriculture tourism and kid’s tourism, conference tourism, adventure tourism as well. “We are lucky to have a 1600 km coastline. We have dolphins and a marine national park too. Our coastline can be a great potential for tourism.”

Speaking on the occasion, Cabinet Minister for Tourism Shri Saurabh Patel spoke of how tourism has been given a special place in Gujarat’s development under the leadership of Shri Modi. Also present on the occasion were Shri Kamlesh Patel, who heads Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited and Principal Secretary (Tourism) Shri Vipul Mitra.

 

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PM to visit Himachal Pradesh on 5th October
October 03, 2022
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PM to inaugurate and lay foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 3650 crore
PM to inaugurate AIIMS Bilaspur, whose foundation stone had also been laid by PM
PM to lay foundation stone of project for four laning of National Highway worth over Rs 1690 crore
Project will boost industrial development and tourism in the region
PM to lay foundation stone of Medical Device Park at Nalagarh and inaugurate Government Hydro Engineering College at Bandla
PM to participate in Kullu Dussehra celebrations

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Himachal Pradesh on 5th October, 2022 where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 3650 crore. At around 11:30 AM, Prime Minister will inaugurate AIIMS Bilaspur. After that, he will reach Luhnu Ground of Bilaspur at around 12:45 PM, where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects and also address a public function. Prime Minister will reach the Dhalpur Ground of Kullu at around 3:15 PM, where he will participate in Kullu Dussehra celebrations.

AIIMS Bilaspur

Prime Minister's vision and commitment to strengthen health services across the country is being showcased again through the inauguration of AIIMS Bilaspur. The Hospital, whose foundational stone was also laid by the Prime Minister in October 2017, is being established under the Central sector scheme Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.

AIIMS Bilaspur, constructed at a cost of more than Rs 1470 crore, is a state-of-the-art hospital with 18 specialty & 17 super specialty departments, 18 modular operation theaters, 750 beds with 64 ICU beds. Spread over 247 acres, the hospital is equipped with 24 hours emergency and dialysis facilities, modern diagnostic machines like ultrasonography, CT scan, MRI etc, Amrit Pharmacy & Jan Aushadhi Kendra and also a 30 bedded AYUSH block. The Hospital has also set up the Centre for Digital Health to provide health services in the tribal and inaccessible tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh. Also, specialist health services will be provided by the hospital through health camps in the inaccessible tribal and high Himalayan regions like Kaza, Saluni, and Keylong. The hospital will admit 100 students for MBBS Course and 60 students for nursing courses every year.

Development projects

Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of around 31 km long project for four laning of the National Highway from Pinjore to Nalagarh on NH-105, worth over Rs. 1690 crore. The project road is a major connecting link for the traffic from Ambala, Chandigarh, Panchkula and Solan /Shimla going towards Bilaspur, Mandi and Manali. About 18 km stretch of this four-lane national highway falls under Himachal Pradesh and the remaining portion falls in Haryana. This highway will ensure better transport facilities in Nalagarh-Baddi, the industrial hub of Himachal Pradesh, and will also give a fillip to further industrial development in the region. It will also boost tourism in the state.

Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the Medical Device Park at Nalagarh, which will be built at a cost of about Rs 350 crore. MoUs of more than Rs. 800 crore have already been signed for setting up industries in this Medical Device Park. The project will significantly enhance employment opportunities in the region.

Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Government Hydro Engineering College at Bandla. Costing about Rs 140 crore, the college will help make available trained manpower for hydro power projects, in which Himachal Pradesh is one of the leading states. It will help in upskilling the youth and providing ample job opportunities in the hydro power sector.

Kullu Dussehra

The International Kullu Dussehra Festival will be celebrated from 5th to 11th October 2022 at Dhalpur Ground of Kullu. The Festival is unique in the sense that it is the congregation of more than 300 Deities of the Valley. On the first day of the Festival, the Deities in their well decorated palanquins pay their obeisance at the temple of the Chief Deity Bhagwan Raghunath Ji and then proceed to the Dhalpur Ground. Prime Minister will witness this divine Rath Yatra and the grand assembly of the Deities in the historic Kullu Dussehra celebrations. It will be the first time ever that the Prime Minister of the country is participating in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations.