The tourism in Maharashtra is in a bad state and needs to be revived. India is a great tourist destination and Maharashtra is one of its epitome with an interesting and beautiful history. The hero of Maharashtra Shivaji Maharaj and his struggle against the Mughals is one of the greatest stories in India. Shivaji Maharaj fought for the locals and captured many forts. He even built forts in Maharashtra two of them being in water. The Maharashtra tourism has put across many efforts to withstand the cut throat competition with other states but all in vain. The bad state of the forts, playing the culprit behind this sorry state of tourism. Maharashtra was ranked as the 4th most visited tourist destinations by the domestic tourist in 2010.
Here the question arises, that should this glorified and high on heritage state Maharashtra has reached to a stage that it needs privatisation in its tourism efforts. Especially with its forts. Should the committee of Maharashtra tourism most likely agree that they now need to let a private company step in? Take care of the forts and its heritage sites to get back the glory of the forts as created by Shivaji Maharaj. There are a various number of other forts in Maharashtra, which are not created by Shivaji Maharaj needing attention. The efforts don’t need to be put in the marketing of its tourism right now, but those efforts will only be named fruitful once the cleaning and restoration of the forts is done. Where has all the glory of these forts gone. People visit it only to find out that their beloved hero Shivaji Maharaj’s forts are in a sorry state. The privatisation will take care of the need full. This will not only better the beautification, but eventually leading to the increase of tourist’s in Maharashtra not only domestic but even international tourist.
Yes the beautification of these forts needs to be carried out and privatisation can be a suitable solution if not completely the answer, unless Maharashtra tourism does something extraordinary. The steps should have been taken proactively by the government as the restoration needs profound and quick attention. Tourism Maharashtra loses a great amount of money as the maximum of the tourist are attracted towards the northern part of India. Nothing wrong in it as we are Indians and good that a lot of tourists do visit that part of the country, but Maharashtra also has various beautiful sites to visit. Tourist are willing towards knowing its varied history.
Many refute towards visiting the forts because of its bad shape. I will even call the tourist as the culprits behind it. A few which still believe in spoiling the heritage site through a various number of acts. All this will be taken care by privatisation as the number of security personnel can increase keeping the site management in a neatly organised manner. I am not at all stating that the government is incapable or the tourism committee won’t be able to take care of these sites. I am just concerned as an individual and my love towards Maharashtra that this matter needs to be looked into. We all just want results no matter who does it.
Question still exists – Should it be privatised??