Mumbai: BMC to develop app to help travellers track tourist-friendly places, heritage sites in city

Updated: Feb 25, 2020, 08:03 IST | Chetna Sadadekar | Mumbai

The app will help tourists find the distance of a heritage structure from current location and help them navigate around historic places in city.

The app will be developed by BMC's new department - Heritage and Tourism  dept
The app will be developed by BMC's new department - Heritage and Tourism dept

In order to boost tourism, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon develop a mobile application which will help travellers track tourist-friendly places and heritage sites in the city. The app, which will be developed by BMC's new department, the Heritage and Tourism department, will help tourists find the distance of a heritage structure from their current location and help them navigate historic places in the city.

"The app will help people plan their own heritage walks and explore places. Also, with the beautification work of Fort area currently in progress and with plans of illuminating the heritage buildings around the Fort area, South Mumbai tourism will receive a major boost," a civic official said.

The BMC also wants to document the heritage and history behind the streets in Mumbai, their natural inheritance and the natural history of the city. And, to do this, the BMC is planning to organise tours and activities for citizens by engaging relevant experts and agencies to promote awareness and sensitising locals to the rich history and heritage of the city. The civic body is also mulling opening up their own headquarters — a heritage structure for tourists to visit during weekends.

A senior civic official, requesting anonymity, said, "'The Heritage and Tourism department will soon start developing an application which will be tourist-friendly and provide information about places to visit. We are looking at putting out the significance and history of heritage properties on the application making it easier for people to know where they are going. However, this is at a very primitive stage but once completed, it will definitely be of utmost importance to tourists and citizens who wish to explore the rich heritage of the city."

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