State Affairs

Ignored heritage sites in Kolhapur cry for attention


The multi-crore investments in the hospitality sector have got the hotel industry rallying for boost in tourism, but poor public infrastructure and apathy of authorities towards heritage sites may hinder the sector’s growth over the coming years.

In the last one year, the city has seen investment of approximately Rs 200 crore in the hospitality infrastructure with the hope that the tourist footfalls will increase over the coming years. The city has seen a steady inflow of five lakh tourists every year and efforts are needed to tap the city’s tourism potential, reports Times of India.

Historians claim that public authorities have neglected the tourism potential of the city and demand that heritage buildings should be maintained and excursions planned around the such tourist destinations. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) reports a significant footfall at the Mahalakshmi Temple, Rankala Lake and New Palace Museum.

Meena Potdar, coordinator for the course of Tourism and Travel run by Shivaji University, said only a handful of historical and heritage sites have been explored from tourism potential. A large number of interesting heritage sites are lying in neglect and may turn to ruins in a few years.


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