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Tourism and Heritage Conservation

Tourism and Heritage Conservation has in recent times emerged as an untapped sector for revitalizing economy and social outlook of places and regions.  This sector needs a multi-dimensional approach to equip institutions and strengthen communities with the right policies, sustainable planning, management and fiscal tools to ensure a balance between ever increasing tourism infrastructure demand and the conservation needs of heritage precincts and natural environment.

Our approach to Tourism and Heritage Conservation is based on an in depth understanding of the limitations of the current institutional environment, need for integrated tourism development in form of regional circuits and clusters and the need to accentuate community participation in tourism management. Our areas of expertise includes project management, design and supervision, master planning, strategic advice on development & destination management, carrying capacity based development and capacity building & institutional strengthening of nodal government departments.

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Anil Kumar Bansal

Anuja Shukla

Suraj Kumar


  • ADB, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Board (HPTDB): Project Management, Design and Supervision Consultant for Infrastructure Development Investment Programme for Tourism (IDIPT), Himachal Pradesh, India (2011-2017)

    The IDIPT is providing overall assistance for efficient implementation of the investment program by supporting sustainable and inclusive tourism development and heritage conservation. The prominent ones are Shimla mall road restoration project, rehabilitation of town hall, conservation and restoration of masroor temples in line with the management plan, integrated parking, interpretation centre and tourist amenities complex at Chintpurni.

    The project aims to develop state tourism sub circuits into marketable cluster destinations that exhibit enhanced protection and management of key natural & cultural heritage tourism sites, improved market connectivity and tourist support infrastructure, with the focus on enhancing capacities of concerned sector agencies and local communities for sustainable development of tourist destinations. We are also providing direct and indirect assistance to Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to ensure effective coordination and implementation of whole investment programme. 

  • Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India: Selection of Agencies as Hriday City Anchors for Puri and Amritsar of MoUD, Government of India (2015-2017)

    National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) is an ambitious project of Government of India aimed at holistic development of heritage cities in the country. The HRIDAY Scheme focuses on development of civic infrastructure development projects leading to revitalisation of the cities as heritage and cultural destinations. As HRIDAY City Anchor, we are supporting City Mission Directorate in heritage related guidance, in addition to preparation of the City HRIDAY Plan and evaluation of projects executed under the HRIDAY scheme in Amritsar (Punjab) and Puri (Odisha). The work includes situation assessment & infrastructure gap assessment, identification and finalisation of 5 priority heritage areas for preparation of Infrastructure Development Plan, preparation of city specific toolkits along with evaluation checklists, preparation of Concept Plan for development/ renovation of the city museum/ cultural park, and review & evaluation of DPRs.

  • The World Bank, Integrated Coastal Zone Management Society, Odisha: Preparation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (ICZMP) and Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for Odisha, India (2015-2017)

    The Government of Odisha with the financial assistance from Ministry of Environment Forest and climate change (MoEF & CC), Government of India (GoI) and the World Bank has initiated the ICZM project with objectives of sustainable development and management of coastal resources, perpetual maintenance of high level of biodiversity, conservation of critical habitats, and reduction of vulnerabilities of coastal communities. Active community participation and stakeholder engagement at all levels, sensitization of the Project Executing Agencies (PEAs) on ICZM was one of the key mandates under this project.

    IPE Global is developing an ICZM Plan for the two coastal stretches of Gopalpur to Chilika & Paradip to Dhamra with focus on providing a clear framework for better coordination of the developmental activities along the coastal stretch through strategic actions and sustainable policies for effective management of the coastal zone. In addition, a shoreline management plan for the entire Odisha coast based on delineated sediment cells has been prepared to  propose management guidelines with regard to shoreline changes, erosion, flooding and sea water inundation caused by natural forces like cyclones and intruding anthropogenic activities. 

  • ADB: Project Management, Design and Supervision Consultancy (PMDSC) Services for South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project (SATIDP), Bangladesh (2012-2015)

    SATIDP focuses on cultural tourism and site restoration at 4 different archaeological sites (Bagerhat, Kantajee, Mahasthangarh, Paharpur) located along a heritage-rich geographic corridor in the western regions of Bangladesh.

    As a PMDS Consultant, we assisted the Project Management and Implementation Unit (PMIU), based within the Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh in managing detailed design, procurement, financial management, supervision and monitoring of the project including strengthening linkages between tourism and local population and building capacity of communities to enable them to obtain greater benefits from tourism activities at 4 heritage sites.

  • NITI Aayog: Detailed Master Plans for holistic development of Package I islands (Smith Island, Ross Island, Long Island and Avis Island)

    NITI Aayog has appointed IPE Global to prepare a detailed Master Plan for the holistic and sustainable development of Package I islands which includes total of 4 islands located in Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar. The primary focus is to set a model in place for holistic development of shortlisted islands while preserving and maintaining the natural ecosystem and rich bio-diversity. IPE Global will be responsible for preparation of Master Plan on a sustainable basis, including detailed development proposals and the estimated costs along with formulation of Implementation Strategies of the development plans clearly delineating the areas for investment through public funds, PPP mode and through private initiative. Duration of the project is fifteen months.

  • NITI Aayog: Detailed Master Plans for holistic development of Package III islands (Minicoy Island, Bangaram, Thinnakara, Cheriyam and Suheli)

    Package III islands includes total of 5 islands located in Union Territory of Lakshadweep. One of the key objectives of this project is recommendations for economic upliftment through tourism development while preserving the culture and minimal impact to the fragile and sensitive eco-system. IPE Global will be responsible for preparation of Master Plan on a sustainable basis, including detailed development proposals and the estimated costs along with formulation of Implementation Strategies of the development plans clearly delineating the areas for investment through public funds, PPP mode and through private initiative.

  • Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka: Preparation of a Coastal Master Plan for the three coastal districts in Karnataka

    The prerequisites for the Master Plan are implementation of fundamental principles of preservation of the ecosystem and natural habitat, sustainable and responsible tourism development on Public Private Partnership basis, and engagement with the local communities. In addition, well designed mar¬keting and outreach strategies for ensuring safety and security of visitors will also be devised, according to a statement here today. The coastline of Karna¬taka stretches for 320 kms between Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada dis-trict and Karwar in Uttara Kannada district. The 8 main rivers which drain into it are Nethravati, Gurupur, Udiyavara, Mulki and Pavange, Sita and Swarna, Haladi, Chakra, Kollur and Baindur. Karnataka has two major ports-- Man¬galuruport and Malpe Fishing Harbour along with six minor ports. The State is linked with Mumbai and Thiruvanthapuram through a National highway and railway and is home to some of the most splendid coastal landscapes. The beautiful beaches, stunning backwaters and incredible islands make this state a potential tourism hot spot. 
    The Coastal Master Plan will act as a building bridge between biodiversity, generation of livelihood opportunities for locals and provide for sustainable tourism development. It will include initiatives for protection of local resourc¬es, and developing economic opportunities for the dependent communities living in tourism rich regions. It will also include strengthening partnerships and collaboration between biodiversity and development sectors. The plan shall aim to ensure that the biological conservation and development should go hand in hand.


  • The World Bank/Chilika Development Authority: Preparation of Tourism Master Plan for the Chilika Lake & its Catchment in Odisha under ICZMP-Odisha, India (2014-2016)

     Aimed to promote responsible tourism including eco-tourism and community-based tourism in and around Chilika Lake, the second largest brackish water lagoon in the world and the largest in Asia (spanning over 1100 sq. km), the project focuses equally on con¬servation and wise use of natural resources, in compliance with environmental/ ecological laws and regulations. We have prepared tourism master plan for promoting overall tourism in and around Chilika Lake and its catchment area. The Master Plan aims at en¬hancing the visitor experience, improve growth based sustainable market position, maintaining ecological balance and developing competitive tourism products which will provide optimum level of visitor satisfaction. In addition, the scope also includes preparation of project profiles for tourism investment opportunities for a maxi¬mum of 10 selected priority sites (derived from the proposed tour¬ism zones) which will be promoted by the Government of Odisha as PPP projects
    Environmental and tourism zoning, infrastructure assessments, tourism performance benchmarking and development of lake and island tourism products have been undertaken in the project. De¬tailed carrying capacity assessments for recreational boating in Chilika Lake and proposals to enhance Mangalajodi as an interna¬tional birding destination is part of the tourism master plan. 10 ready to invest projects have been developed in various thematic clusters in the project.

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