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Friday, 02 February, 2018, 10 : 40 AM [IST]

Budget Allocation for Tourism in FY 2018-19 sees more than 20% increase

Budget allocation for Civil Aviation sees a jump of INR 3,900 crore
The Union Budget 2018-19 presented by Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Government of India in the Parliament yesterday proposes an estimated budget allocation of INR 2,150 cr for the Ministry of Tourism. The allocation is an more than 20% increase compared to revised estimate of INR 1,775 cr in the last budget. On the other hand, the budget allocation for the Ministry of Civil Aviation also witnessed an increase, from INR 2,702 cr to INR 6,602 cr.  

Major proposal in the Union Budget 2018-19 includes the proposal of converting 10 identified and prominent tourist destinations into iconic and model destinations by adopting a holistic approach of development with the support of the private sector. The Finance Minister also proposed schemes to enhance the visitor experience at 110 Model Monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the National Heritage City Augmentation scheme of the government.

Among other proposals he touched upon in his budget speech include scheme to promote Seaplane both for tourism as well as to handle emergency situations. The Minister also proposed establishment of Ropeways as part of improving infrastructure.

On the aviation infrastructure in the country, Jaitley said that the government will enhance the airport capacity to handle one billion trips a year. He said that 56 unserved airports and 31 unserved helipads have been already activated under the Regional Connectivity Scheme of the government and operations have been started on 16 such places. He stated that Airport Authority of India has 124 airports under its jurisdiction.

From the total allocation for tourism, North Eastern region will get a share of INR 203 cr. The allocation for Ministry of Culture has also recorded marginal increase from INR 2,843 cr to INR 2,866 cr in this year’s budget.
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