Beach Resorts And Amusement Parks to Attract Tourists: Chandrababu

  • Beach tourism and modernization of islands around Vishakapatnam

HYDERABAD: Making tourism one of its key focus areas in the service sector, AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu suggested creation of eco-tourism parks in each district.

Holding a review meeting on tourism at Secretariat, the chief minister inquired the status of Hospitality University in Nellore. Highlighting the tourism potential Kadapa District has, Naidu suggested that developing reservoirs at Gandikota and opening them for tourists. This will not only promote tourism, but also increase the passenger traffic at Kadapa Airport, he added.

Naidu directed the officials to develop Nagarjuna Sagar, Nagarjuna Konda and Buddhist monasteries at Amaravati. Modernization of islands, such as Bhavani Island with the help of Singapore companies around the city will attract tourists, the chief minister added. He also suggested organizing the Flamingo festival in Nellore’s Pulicat and Nelapattu and felt that the Kakinada-Konaseema project could generate revenue of 300 crore rupees with an investment of 100 crore rupees.

Officials were asked to explore the possibility of organizing safari rides at zoological parks in Visakhapatnam and Tirupati. For beach-tourism in Visakhapatnam, Naidu said six beaches in the city could be developed theme-wise. He directed the officials to boost Gundavali Palem and Rushikonda.

He also inquired about the status of setting up Madhurawada Amusement park. The officials told the chief minister that 10 companies are keen to start water sports at all the state beaches. They also added that 39 areas were identified that could be groomed as beach resorts.

In order to boost temple-tourism, preparations are underway to organize sound and light shows at Kanipakam, Srikalahasti, Puttaparthi, Annavaram, Simhachalam and so on, officials added.

AP State Planning Board Vice-Chairman Kutumba Rao, Secretary to CM Satish Chandra, Secretary (Tourism) Nirab Kumar Prasad, and other officials were present. (NSS)

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