Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has launched a new scheme which facilitates any tourist vehicle operator to apply for an "All India Tourist Authorization/ Permit" through online mode.

As per an official notification, the permit will be issued within submission of online applications with relevant documents and fees.

The new set of rules, to be known as, “All India Tourist Vehicles Authorization and Permit Rules, 2021” has been published vide GSR 166( E) dated 10 March 2021.

"The new rules will be applicable from April 1, 2021. All existing permits shall continue to be in force during their validity," the Ministry said in a statement.

Moreover, the scheme allows flexibility in the form of authorization/permit being granted, for a period of three months or its multiples thereof, not exceeding three years at a time. This provision has been incorporated keeping in mind those areas of our country where there is a limited season of tourism and also for those operators who have limited financial capacity. It will also consolidate a central database and fees of all such authorization/permits, which might give a sense of tourist movements, scope for improvement, promotion of tourism.

The step comes in the context of travel and tourism industry in our country increasing manifold in last fifteen years. The growth has been contributed by both domestic and international tourists, and there is a trend of high expectation and consumer experience.

(With PIB Inputs)