Bhopal. (The HINDU reports.) In a bid to woo tourists, the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation is planning to introduce
water tourism, like mini-cruise liner and houseboats, in the State, officials said.
State Tourism Development Corporation chief Tapan Bhaumik, during a meeting, said the corporation is
planning to introduce houseboat rides in Hanuwantiya, located in the reservoir of Indira Sagar Dam on
the Narmada river.
Boat rides will also be made available between the Tawa resort, on the Tawa river in Hoshangabad
district, and the Madhai resort in Satpura National Park. Water sports would be promoted at Ban Sagar
on the Sone river in Shahdol district, and Omkareshwar, one of the major religious places near Indore,
on the Narmada.
The department has already conducted a survey on running a mini-cruise liner, which will start from
Barwani on the banks of the Narmada to Sardar Sarovar in Gujarat, a distance of around 200 km. For
implementation of this plan, the Madhya Pradesh government is in talks with the government of
Gujurat. There will be a water tourism carnival at Hanuwantiya this year, Mr. Bhaumik added.
Director General of Tourism Development Corporation Hari Ranjan Rao, Additional Managing Director
Tanvi Sundriyal and other officials of the corporation elaborated on the proposals on water tourism.
The Tourism Department is also to set up a big hotel in Indore and upgrade hotels in Bhopal, Jabalpur
and Gwalior at a cost of Rs 50 crore. According to officials, the State government is planning to set up
tourism help centres – on the lines of its Highway-Treat Dodi restaurants – on the Bhopal-Indore
These help centres will be located at every 40 to 50 km of distance. Work on 46 such help centres is
almost complete while work on 15 centres is on.