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The Ministry of Tourism has taken several initiatives to boost tourism including Eco-Tourism in the country. However, promotion and development of tourism including Eco-Tourism is the responsibility of the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. The Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for tourism infrastructure projects including Eco-Tourism projects that are complete as per existing scheme guidelines and are sanctioned subject to availability of scheme/funds and utilization of funds released earlier. The following initiatives are taken by the Ministry to boost Eco-Tourism in the country:


(i)        Evolved & adopted Comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) for three major segments of the tourism industry, namely accommodation, tour operators, and Beaches, Backwaters, Lakes & Rivers sectors, applicable for the entire country.

(ii)       Guidelines for approval of Hotel Projects at the implementation stage and also for Classification/Re-classification of operational hotels under various categories mandate incorporation of various eco-friendly measures like installation of Sewage Treatment Plant, Rain water Harvesting, Waste Management System, Pollution Control and Introduction of non-Chlorofluorocarbon equipment for refrigeration and air conditioners, energy and water conservation measures.

(iii)     Promoting Eco-Tourism, inter-alia through domestic and international campaigns and also by supporting seminars, conference and events focusing on development of Eco-Tourism in the country, from time to time.


(c): Under the Eco-Tourism theme, under newly launched “Swadesh Darshan theme based scheme” for development of tourism infrastructure, following proposals are received in the Ministry:



Sl. No.


Name of the Project



Integrated Development of Eco Tourism circuit in Mahaboobnagar District



Integrated Development of Eco Tourism circuit in Rajmergarh–Kabir Chabutra-Achanakmar Tiger Reserve- Kurdar-Sirpur-Kodar Dam-Gangrel Dam-Kanger Valley National Park



Integrated Development of Eco Tourism circuit in Gavi – Pathanamthitta



This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma in reply to an unstarred question today in Rajya Sabha.




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