By Dripto Mukhopadhaya
Author is Director, Economic Research, Nielsen, New Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
Although the Indian government has myriad schemes to promote tourism, there is no regulatory framework for the sector. If tourism is to be sustainable, with minimum impact on biodiversity and the environment, a regulatory policy framework is urgently needed.
Tourism and human interventions in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand have led to adverse changes that have altered the land use in the region. It could have been avoided if tourism was regulated and sustainable tourism policies adopted.
Unregulated tourism has changed the landscape of several tourism destinations in India beyond repair. The problem, of course, does not only lie with stakeholders, especially since those involved in tourism are only concerned with revenue maximisation. Although there are several schemes available to promote tourism regulatory there is no document on critical regulatory aspects. In a backdrop where poverty plays a significant role, uncontrolled tourism has resulted in environmental degradation and disturbed the ecological balance. In the climate change scenario this...