Madhya Pradesh government, which is developing water-based tourism near big dams in the state, is targeting to attract private investment of Rs 100 crore in this segment in the the next four years. "We are working to attract nearly Rs 100 crore private investment in the water tourism segment during the next four years," Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Minister Surendra Patwa today told reporters here. The investment is being sought for tourism-related activities near Punasa dam (Narmada river) of Indira Sagar Project in Khandwa, reservoir of Chambal river in Mandsaur, Son river in Shahdol district and Bargi dam (Narmada river) in Jabalpur, he said. The government is organising a month-long "Jal Mahotsava" (water festival) on Hanuwantiya Island in the backwaters of Punasa Dam from December 15, Patwa added. He said some private companies have evinced interest to open hotels and resorts near Hanuwantiya Island. In the past, MP Tourism Development Corporation has said it plans to introduce tourism activities like water sports, mini-cruise liner, boat rides and houseboats in the state.
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