The move to grant in principle approval for Electronic
Travel Authorisation (ETA) to travellers from 180 countries to India will
boost tourism in the country,according to the tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan.
Travelling to India will be made easy once the ETA to
visit the country becomes operational.
ETA will allow foreign travellers to apply for a visa
from home and receive an online confirmation in five working days, is
expected to become operational by October. Barring eight prior reference
countries, which include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan,
Nigeria and Sri Lanka, government has decided to give e-visa to all the 180
India had considerably relaxed its visa regime and
expanded the Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) scheme.
India launched the VoA scheme in January 2010 for
citizens of five countries – Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and
Singapore — visiting India for tourism purposes. The scheme was later
extended to six more countries in January 2011.
The Maharashtra government formally signed shareholder
and state support agreements for the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial
Corridor (DMIC) project, in Mumbai recently.
The project aims at generating industrial output of Rs 20
lakh crore by 2042.
DMIC is slated to be developed in two phases, with the
project cost for the first phase being Rs 17,319 crore. Maharashtra
Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and DMIC Trust has formed a joint
venture to execute the project, in which MIDC will hold 51% stake, while the
remaining 49% will be held by DMIC.
The DMIC projects in Maharashtra would cover nearly 29%
of land area and 18% project influence area. Around 26% of the state’s
population would come under the corridor that covers eight districts -
Thane, Raigad, Pune, Dhule, Nandurbar, Nashik, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad.