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August 21, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Tourists looking for an alternative to Goa have a new option at Daman &Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The coastal region was also ruled by the Portuguese like Goa and retains pristine nature guarded by its indigenous inhabitants. The two regions are Union Territories that are directly ruled by Government of India.

Sripad Naik, Minister for Tourism, Government of India, said: “Both Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli (D&D and D&NH) share their rich history with Goa. While Goa is already world known as a tourist destination, very few people know that Daman and Diu are also endowed with excellent beaches and rich Portuguese heritage.” He added: “Dadra and Nagar Haveli on the other hand have lovely forests, lakes and gardens which make it an enviable destination.”Untitled

The region with scanty population (600,000) has remained under-exposed. D&D and D&NH administration has released a Vision 2020 coffee table book last with details of the projects that are being developed to make the region an internationally competitive tourism destination.

Bhupinder S. Bhalla, Administrator, Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli said: “We have intensified our efforts in the fields of public infrastructure/services, health, education, tourism, art and culture. Our aim is to make Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli amongst the most exciting and activity -filled destinations in the world.” He added: “The projects are a result of extensive discussion, dedicated Untitledplanning and hard work by a large team of public representatives, government officers, architects and designers.”

Tourism projects include Damanganga Riverfront, Pipariya Riverfront, Dudhani Lakefront, State Museum, Van Ganga Garden, Butterfly Park, Science centre and a Golf Course and Resort. Also on the anvil is an International Sports Complex at Saily with 40000 seat cricket stadium, an international standard Olympic pool as well as facilities for football, hockey, volleyball, table tennis and archery.Untitled

Doubled budget, from US$ 108.66 mn (Rs 660 crores) in 2012 -13 to US$ 223.91 mn (Rs1360 crores) in the current year is helping in completion of projects and with the new campaign.

Bhalla said: “Major change from the past is our emphasis on basic infrastructure- roads and bridges, piped drinking water, underground sewerage, solid waste management and reliable electricity, which is the foundation of any modern city.”

With the tagline ‘Small is Big’, the new logo of the two territories unveiled last week encapsulates the core appeal-while they are small dots on the map, they have so much more to offer in the form of culture, heritage, wild life, architecture and natural wonders.

Bhalla said: “An extensive marketing campaign will present the Union Territories at their finest; as activity-filled, world class tourist destinations.”

Written by : Anand & Madhura Katti

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