The Gujarat government on Friday announced the heritage policy for Gujarat. This is the first such policy for heritage in the state. The policy aims to put the archaeological wonders, ancient temples, historic sites and biodiversity of the state on the world tourism map.
The policy will help put in place rules to promote heritage tourism. The policy was given the nod after a high-level meeting of officials and chief minister Vijay Rupani.
The policy will allow for the setting up of heritage hotels, museums, banquet halls and restaurants at the many forts, palaces, and pols in the state. Palaces, forts and buildings that came into being before January 1, 1950, can be turned into heritage hotels, museums and restaurants.
The policy also aims to employ locals at these sites.
Other aspects of the policy
- The policy provides for Rs5 crore to Rs10 crore of financial help to heritage hotels looking at renovation and expansion or for setting up new hotels.
- Any restaurants or hotels to be set up at heritage structures will have to be done without bringing any changes to the structure.
- The government will offer Rs45 lakh to Rs1 crore financial help for new Heritage Museum, Banquet Hall and Restaurants to be set up.
- 7% interest subsidy for five years of loan for a maximum amount of Rs30 lakh will be offered.
Home-stay policy to be simplified
The government has also announced that the Gujarat Home-stay Policy 2014-19 will be eased further. The policy will look to provide a home-stay experience for tourists who visit the state and allow them to experience village life in Gujarat.
Families that live in houses with one to six rooms can offer their residence as home-stay. Such home-stays will be exempt from commercial property and electricity rates and will be charged as per the residential rates.
The home-stays registered with Gujarat Tourism Department can also take benefit of the state’s solar rooftop policy. As of now, there are 100 home-stays in Gujarat.
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