Tourism: Sites Need Attention In Maharashtra Shore
RS And GIS- An Ultimate Tool To Explore And Develop These Beaches As A New Tourist Spot
Symbiosis Institute Of Geoinformatics,
India, the largest peninsula in the World, but most of the shore region is ignored or not used for tourism purpose. If we explore these regions and develop these beaches as a new tourist spot like Goa, we can earn a lot of foreign exchange from tourism. As we know Goa is the most popular state for tourism due to its well developed infrastructure in beaches, Why not Maharashtra and other States? Discover the real Maharashtra while you soak up the sun on soft sands or explore intriguing sights.
Sparkling blue waters, endless stretches of golden and silver sand, sun beams dancing through the swaying palms, waves playing with the sand dunes, a cool breeze whispering sweet nothing in your ear. This is called the land of one almost virgin beaches. Maharashtra's 720 km long affair with the Arabian Sea extends from Dahanu and Bordi in the north up to Goa proceeding southwards. The Konkan is the vast, beautiful western coast in India. The Konkan division of Maharashtra comprises the coastal region of the state, includes districts Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Raigarh, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Thane and covers a total area 30,746 km2 and population 24,807,357(2001 census). From such a large area only a few beaches are explored as a tourist spots. A lot of beach area is left vacant of no use, which needs an attention for its development.
Using Remote Sensing we explore some beaches as a new tourist sites by the use of Satellite Images and Aerial photographs. With the help of Geographic Information System we can try to develop these areas as a new tourist spots.
The major steps which has to be taken in consideration from the beginning of site selection to planning, till their developments into new sites for tourism using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System which includes creation of different layers i.e. Satellite Images and Aerial photographs, toposheets for site selection, road network (buffer of 5km.), railway network, how far the places from the settlement area, how far from the existing tourist centers (buffer of 15-20km), tourist spots should be within shore line (buffer of 2km.), Digital Elevation Model of the new explored beaches along with geology, rainfall data and climate of the area.
Some other points should also be considered like availability of accommodation facilities, security and safety for the tourists.