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Sustainability is a choice – if we have the courage to make it 
September 27, 2017

Declaring 2017 as the year of Sustainable Tourism has once again served to highlight how unsustainable mainstream tourism..

 
India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists 
August 09, 2017

Every July, thousands of buses, trucks, cars, mules, and palanquin bearers crawl up 12, 768  treacherous feet of mountainous terrain to reach the Amarnath cav..

 
Caught In The Legal Mesh 
July 05, 2017
The Access to justice study was conducted in 2or6 to assess the ability of sexually exploited children to access the criminal judicial process in India...
 
The Report Documents How Amarnath Yatra is Used As a Right-Wing Nationalist Battle Cry By the State’ 
June 10, 2017

I remember as a kid in the month of August a few dozen buses full of Yatri

 
Amarnath Yatra Clashes With Burhan Wani Death Anniversary, Forces Anxious 
May 29, 2017

In exactly a month from now will begin the annual pilgrimage to...

 
Maharashtra
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EQUATIONS work across many parts of India has been in the areas of awareness building, research, campaigns and advocacy by identifying issues related to tourism & by establishing strong network alliances to work on tourism issues. EQUATIONS has attempted to respond to requests and support local groups in their endeavour for a form of tourism that is people-centred, equitable, just and sustainable.


The coastal district of Sindhudurg represents an economically backward district where a tourism-led development strategy was emphasized for regional development. The declaration of Sindhudurg as a tourism district by the Government of Maharastra in 1997 and a Special Tourism Area (STA) by the Government of India was the first example of an entire district being selected for development focusing exclusively on tourism. The identification of tourism mega projects, industry status to tourism and the provision of myriad incentives to private investors include other strategies for fostering tourism development in Sindhudurg.

In 2001-02 EQUATIONS collaborated with University of Mumbai on study on Maharashtra’s tourism Policy, Coastal districts and Sindhudurg, with Dr Swapna Guha Baneerjee (then with Department of Geography University of Mumbai and now with Tata Institute of Social Sciences) as the Principal Researcher. The study analysed tourism development in coastal districts of Maharashtra with special emphasis on the special tourism area of Sindhudurg. Ilika Chkravarty of IIT Mumbai researched this also as part of her doctoral thesis finalised in 2004 “Tourism as a Development Strategy: A Case Study of the Malvan Taluka, Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra” and had consultations with EQUATIONS in the course of her research.

In December 2007, EQUATIONS was invited to present our research and analysis on the issue of Special Tourism Zones (STZs) in India at the 5th International Critical Geographies Conference held in December 2007 in Mumbai at the TISS campus. This was part of a session on “Valorising Regions, Modernisation and Land Usurpation”. As part of our tracking of Special Tourism Zone, mega tourism projects and SEZ developments, we have focussed on the Special Tourism Zone in Gorai-Manori-Utthan coastal area near Mumbai. Also on the scanner is the private “hill city” of Lavasa is located in the Western Ghats, near Pune and Mumbai. The city is coming up on eight large hillocks that surround the Varasgaon Dam Reservoir. Spread over 25,000 acres of land the project has defied all norms of environmental impact assessment, local people’s rights, adivasi rights and equitable and sustainable tourism.


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