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AP: Govt committed to utilizing natural geographical features to develop all sectors of tourism

Mr. Rajat Bhargava, Special Chief Secretary to Government, Youth Services, Archaelogy, Tourism and Culture (YATC) Department has convened a review meeting on the ongoing activities of tourism department with the Managing Director, APTDC and other Tourism Department Officials.

On the development of tourism in the State, Sri Rajat Bhargava said that Andhra Pradesh is blessed with the country’s second longest coastline (974 Kms) and perennial rivers and scenic backwaters.

Eastern Ghats run parallel to the coast line and occupy considerable area. Government of Andhra Pradesh is committed to utilize all these natural geographical features and develop all possible themes of tourism namely river tourism, ecotourism, adventure tourism.

1.Development Visakhapatnam – Bheemli – Bhogapuram of Beach road : As a part of development of the infrastructure in the Beach Corridor, the Rushikonda Beach Resort is proposed for redevelopment as a world class tourist destination to attract the international tourists and also the tourists from other states. The work has already been commenced and will be completed by next year.

The proposed extension of Beach Road from Bheemili to Bhogapuram is being taken up by the Infrastructure and Investments Department. Tourism Department will develop World Class Tourism Resorts and Adventure Sports Activities all along the newly proposed Beach Corridor. Sea plane terminals at Bheemli Beach and Bhogapuram Beach, Eco-Tourism project at beach adjoining the forest land, Resorts, Floating Restaurant, Eco Camps, International Convention Center with Accommodation Block and a Golf Course will be developed under this Beach Corridor Tourism Project.

Conversion of MV Maa Cargo Vessel into a Floating Restaurant. The stranded Bangladeshi ship MV MAA near Thenneti Park atØ Visakhapatnam is proposed to be converted into a unique and major tourist attraction with recreation components, with an estimated project cost of Rs. 10.50 Cr.. The project components include, Banquette Halls, Multi Cuisine· Restaurant and other Amenities.

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Development of Tunnel Aquarium at Thotlakonda Beach under PPP mode The project will be developed with an estimated investment of Rs. 163 Crores through PPP mode under Tourism Policy 2020 – 2025. The project components include development of the following themes. Indian Ocean Theme,· Pacific Ocean Theme,·  Shark Lab,·  Shipwreck Theme,·  Indian Rivers,·  Get-in-touch,·  Mediterranean cave,·  Tunnel Reef Restaurant,·  Green Photo facility,·  Souvenir shop, Food courts, Other minor attractions,·  Lecture Halls for training· & education.

Development of Beaches along the Beach Corridor The following beaches are identified along the Beach Corridor from KailasagiriØ to Bhogapuram a. Sagar Nagar b. Thimmapuram c. Mangamaripeta d. Chepaluppada e. INS Kalinga f. Erramatti Dibbalu g. Bheemunipatnam h. Nagayampalem i. Annavaram j. Kancherupalem It was approved to develop the above beaches with the following components.Ø a. Washrooms & Changing Rooms, Drinking Water, Food Courts 3 b. First Aid & CCTV Control Room, Sitting Benches, Sit-out Umbrellas with Recliners.Children’s Park, Fitness Equipment, Jogging Track, Parking c. Safe swimming Zone, Beach Sports d. Watch Tower, Beach Information Board, Water treatment plant.

Development of Eco-Tourism : As a part of development of Eco-tourism in the forest areas, High-end Tourism Resorts are proposed for development at the following locations and the works are in progress. a) Maredumilli in East Godavari District. b) Lambasingi in Visakhapatnam District c) Jagathipalli in Srikakulam District.

Floating Restaurant at Vijayawada : A floating restaurant is proposed to operate in Krishna River between Berm Park and Bhavani Island. Stell Barge is already fabricated and Restaurant is to be developed on the barge.

Temple Tourism : Tourist Amenities are provided at Amaravathi and Srisailam Temples with necessary financial assistance from the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India under PRASHAD Scheme. Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India has communicated its in-principle approval for the development of Simhachalam Temple under PRASHAD Scheme.

Development of Annavaram Temple is also under active consideration of the Ministry and is being pursued for its sanction. Apart from these temples, proposals are submitted for the development of Dwaraka Tirumala Temple, Durga Temple at Vijayawada, Srimukhalingeswara Swamy Temple in Srikakulam District, Puttaparthy in Ananthapur District.

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