A special police force for tourists’ security
HYDERABAD: A special police force would be formed for safety and security of tourists in Andhra Pradesh.
In a review meeting presided over by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, and assisted by the Secretary of Tourism and Culture Neerab Kumar, it was informed that the special police force would have special police stations for tourists apart from a 24X7 call centre and a guidance centre for tourists.
- Attract international tourists
- Promote Telugu culture
Goa and Kerala are the only States that have special police force for tourists’ safety.
Naidu said that the tourism projects will be treated on par with industrial projects and single-desk clearances will be granted to them within 21 days. Suggesting the department should focus on attracting international tourists, Naidu officials to get tourist operators on board and work with them.
Explaining that the theme behind the Sunrise Andhra Pradesh’s tourism sector should be water (and marine life), the Chief Minister asked the department officials to promote the sector through a brand ambassador.
He directed the Tourism and Culture department to work with AP State Skill Development Corporation with respect to workforce required for the State’s tourism and hospitality sector.
Emphasizing on the need to promote Telugu culture, Naidu suggested that Kuchipudi and other local, tribal art forms and dances could be promoted through various carnivals held on a massive scale.
Giving a briefing on the Multiplex Policy, Kumar informed the Chief Minister that Multiplexes in the state will not only house giant screens (like IMAX) but also food courts, shopping stores, entertainment and media hubs, convention centers and hotels/ restaurants. “This should become a growth engine by itself,” the Chief Minister added. Stating that entertainment should be an integration of local and global culture, the Chief Minister said exhibitions, fairs, carnivals, etc could be conducted.
Principal Secretary to CM Satish Chandra, Secretaries and Commissioners of Tourism & Culture department, commercial taxes department and finance department were present at the meeting. (NSS)