TOURIST CORPS

ITDC | ES­TAB­LISHED IN 1966

India Today - - STATES - —Prachi Bhuchar

LAY­ING THE ROADMAP

The In­dian Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (ITDC) has played a piv­otal role in the cre­ation and ad­vance of tourism in­fra­struc­ture in In­dia. It has been re­spon­si­ble for syn­chro­nis­ing the work un­der­taken by the gov­ern­ments of dif­fer­ent states as well as their tourism de­part­ments, and also for the plan­ning and im­ple­men­ta­tion of new tourism-re­lated projects.

START OF THE JOUR­NEY

In 1946, a gov­ern­ment re­port noted that it would be in In­dia’s best in­ter­ests to de­velop and en­hance tourist traf­fic from both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional lo­ca­tions. Three cor­po­ra­tions—the Ho­tel Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia, the In­dia Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion and the In­dia Tourism and Trans­port Un­der­tak­ing—were set up in 1956. In 1966, these were merged into a single un­der­tak­ing by the gov­ern­ment of In­dia—ITDC. To­day, this or­gan­i­sa­tion re­mains one of the few con­sis­tently profit-mak­ing pub­lic sec­tor en­ti­ties.

FI­NAL DES­TI­NA­TION

This year, the cen­tral gov­ern­ment ap­proved the dis­in­vest­ment of ho­tels and prop­er­ties owned by ITDC at three lo­ca­tions—Bhopal, Guwahati and Bharat­pur. The plan is to ei­ther sub-lease these prop­er­ties in as­so­ci­a­tion with the con­cerned states or else re­turn the prop­er­ties to the states in their en­tirety. ITDC is also re­spon­si­ble for the man­age­ment of 11 trans­port units as well as nine duty-free shops at air­ports and sea­ports.

COUR­TESY The Ashoka

HOME GROWN The Ashoka Ho­tel, New Delhi, un­der con­struc­tion in 1956

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