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AP: New Tourism Policy Boon to AP Development: Minister Muthamsetti

AMRAVATI: State Tourism Minister Muthamsetti Srinivasa Rao (Avanti Srinivas) has said that with the new tourism policy 2020-25, all tourist destinations in the state will get a new lease of life.

The minister held a review meeting with officials on the development work undertaken in the departments of tourism, culture, sports and archeology in his chamber on Monday in the third block of the secretariat. It was suggested that special focus should be given on the development of tourist areas in the state. Mainly discussed on the steps to be taken to secure central government funds for the development of sports complexes.

Asked about the status of the soon-to-be-opened sports complexes in the state. The Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP), NCC and youth services departments want to make quick plans on the programs to be organized this year and the utilization of funds. Inquired about the status of funds released through central assistance projects for sports. The concerned authorities have been directed to adhere to international standards without compromising anywhere in the works.

The Minister discussed the current ongoing situation on sports activities. He wants to take a special initiative in terms of cash for medals and awards given to athletes. The state wants to take steps for further development of the sport Kabaddi. Players should be encouraged for this.

Minister Avanti Srinivas advised the officials to seize any opportunity that could boost the tourism sector. Officials are expected to monitor development works and monitor revenue streams for the tourism sector from time to time. The Minister directed to look into the projects being undertaken for the development of tourism in other states and to take steps for the development of tourism in the state beyond them.

Special plans for Gandikota development …

Officials told the minister that special plans were being drawn up for the development of tourist areas centered on the Gandikota area. Concerned officials have already discussed the cooperation of investors.

Officials told the minister that the Gandikota tourist area has a large number of tourist lands and many investors are interested in developing them. The minister was presented with a report on the construction of recreation hotels, amusement parks, golf courts and bridges with state-of-the-art facilities there.

The review meeting was attended by Rajat Bhargava, Special Secretary to Government, Department of Tourism, Culture and Archaeology; Ram Gopal, Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Sports & Youth Services Welfare; Vani Mohan, Commissioner, Department of Archaeology; Sports Department MD, & Vice Chairman Rama Rao, Cultural Department CEO Mallikarjuna Rao, Shilparam CEO Jayaraju, Youth Services JD, NCC officials and others were present.

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