Tourism Master Plan for Chilika Lake and its Catchment, Odisha
Chilika lagoon is Asia’s largest brackish water lake opening into the Bay of Bengal with wetlands spread over nearly 1165 sqkm. The Chilika region, with more than 25 pristine islands, gets more than 160 migratory bird species together with aquatic species such as Irrawaddy Dolphins and Red Crabs attracting a large number of tourists.
Tourism master plan has been prepared under ‘‘Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project’’ (ICZM Project, 2010-2015) which is a World Bank financed project working for the protection and preservation of coastal communities and natural resources.
It was envisaged that Chilika develops and flourishes as a premier tourist destination utilizing its resources in an environmentally sustainable way, reviving the tourism economy of Odisha as well as the livelihood of locals. Our scope of work focused on developing projects for responsible tourism which at the same time conserving ecology.
Development of Tehri Lake area as an International Tourist Destination
Tehri Lake has the potential of becoming a world-class tourist destination. Mainly characterized by high mountain peaks, deep gorges and valleys, the Tehri Lake and surrounding areas offer an ideal environment for development of tourism and adventure related activities. Tehri Lake is defined as the 50 – 60 km long reservoir created by drawing up the waters of Bhagirathi River, the surrounding rural village clusters in the hills and the dam at the south-eastern end of the lake.
A proactive approach has been undertaken while planning this project to maintain a balance between human use and ecological preservation. A 20 year perspective plan was prepared with the objective to promote tourism in the region through improved investment climate and to create world class infrastructure by attracting global investments, leading to better quality of life and more employment for the local population.
Urban Renewal of Ghazipur Area, Delhi
Ghazipur, the biggest wholesale food trade hub in Delhi, is an engine of economic growth for Delhi.
IL&FS Environment Infrastructure & Services Ltd (IEISL) have been mandated the task of developing and operating a waste-to-energy plant at Ghazipur.
A deep involvement with the environmental issues has led IL&FS to take a ‘catchment’ approach for this project and make efforts for planned intervention in a way that the establishment of the waste-to-energy plant should lead to better environment and improved quality of life in the surrounding area.
This area has a size of approximately 1.4 sq.kms and comprises of residential flats, slum pockets, wholesale market (flower, fish, poultry and livestock) abattoir, dairy farms, etc.The objective of this assignment is the creation of a Draft Report, through assessment of core infrastructure, for the Area Development of Ghazipur IFC, East Delhi.
Investment Corridors, Madhya Pradesh
MP government identified innovative ideas and projectsto kick start the state’s economic revolution in 2009 through development of Investment Corridors:
- Jabalpur-Katni-Satna-Singrauli Investment Corridor.
- Bhopal-Bina Investment Corridor.
Located in eastern MP, Jabalpur-Katni-Satna-Singrauli, is a 370 km long investment corridor which spans six districts covering an area of 9600 sqkm. The corridor is rich in forest and mineral resources-mainly limestone and coal.
Bhopal-Bina is a 136 km long investment corridor having an influence region spread over four districts covering an area of 2600 sqkm. The strength of the corridor lies in its central location. The objective was to assess the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for investment in each corridor. Theme based development was proposed for each corridor. 6 early bird projects were identified and detailed in JKSS corridor and 4 early bird projects in Bhopal-Bina corridor.
Redevelopment of Eco Park, Hussainganj, Mussoorie
The main objective of this project was to re-develop the Eco Park, under the framework of GRIHA guidelines, at Hussainganj for promotion of Eco Tourism. A land parcel of 17 acres in Hussainganj area of Mussoorie town has been allotted by Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA).
Redevelopment for Bus Workshop, Dehradun
In this era of urbanization and consequent congestion most city areas require redevelopment. The project is aimed at converting dilapidated facilities set in the heart of the city into a vibrant urban space.
Uttrakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) identified two areas for redevelopment- its Regional Manager's Office (RMO) on Gandhi road and a Bus service station on Haridwar road. While the existing establishments will be relocated to the periphery of the city, the usage of these areas has to be redefined for the current location.
Considering their strategic location and commercial importance, it was proposed to convert the site into a shopping complex and a 5 star hotel and up- market office complex.
18 Destinations for Rural Tourism, Rajasthan
Recognizing the ability of tourism to support sustainable livelihoods, the GoI initiated the ‘Rural Tourism Scheme’, which seeks to promote local culture and craft based eco-tourism for sustainable livelihoods and integrated rural development.
As consultants, our role was to prepare project profiles for 18 destinations selected by the Government of Rajasthan to be placed on the rural tourism map. Being a pre-feasibility study, the objective was to identify unique significance of the given destinations in Rajasthan; assess scope of rural tourism in these areas;
locate potential areas/activities for rural tourism; and work out an indicative action plan for these in consultation with the local people.