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We want to be top ranked in tourism in India: MP CM

BHOPAL

Madhya Pradesh is currently ranked the sixth largest tourism state in India. The aim, however, is to become number one, said Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, while inaugurating the maiden Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart in Bhopal. Chauhan informed that Madhya Pradesh has become leader in growth rate. “The state registered 11 per cent growth in GSDP and 24 per cent growth in agriculture in 2013-14 which is the highest in India,” he said. Chouhan further added that next year will be celebrated as Tourism Year in the state.

He highlighted the immense tourism potential of the state and said that the state houses three World Heritage Sites : Sanchi, Khajuraho and Bhim Bhetka. Madhya Pradesh also has nine National Parks and 25 sanctuaries. “The government has chalked out a very lucrative tourism policy. We are developing infrastructure and building new tourist circuits,” he added, reports T3.

The government has already opened a Buddhist University at Sanchi. Students from all over the world will come to study various dimensions of indic studies and Buddhist philosophy.

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