Hyderabad: The State Government has decided to develop tourism spot at every 75 km or 100 km along with the State and National High Ways to promote tourism sector in the State.
The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday held review meeting on the ongoing tourism projects and funds release to them. The meeting has also discussed how to derive more central funds for tourism projects in the State.
Speaking after the meeting in the Secretariat here, the Minister for Tourism, Mr Vatti Vasatha Kumar said that the domestic and international tourists number has increased in the state as well as in the Country. Nearly 18 lakh foreign tourists visited the State so far in this year. In the last year, the state has succeeded in attracting 15.70 crore international tourists. The State has attracted the highest number of foreign tourists in the last four years.
He pointed out that the state government has released new tourism policy in 2010 adding more incentives that offered in the tourism policy of 1998.
“The State Government has yet to clear the incentives worth Rs 7.5 croes for the tourism projects taken up under Private Public Partnership (PPP) during 2004-10. The Chief Minister has directed the Chief Secretary to the Government to hold a high level meeting on June 13 and discuss the matter”, the Minister revealed.
He reminded that the A P Tourism Development Corporation was offering various tourism package through its 150 buses. The land bank was also setup for tourism sector. “Tourism spots would be developed at every 75km-100km along with state and national highways and necessary infrastructure and facilities will be developed at the spots.”, he announced.
Mr Vasantha Kumar informed that the Chief Minister has accepted to allocate another Rs 10 crores to tourism department in addition to the budgetary allocation of Rs 52 crores. It was also decided to muster funds to A P Medical Tourism Society and A P State Convention Bureau through PPP tourism projects. In addition to this, the Government will extend Rs 2 crores to A P Medical Tourism Society and Rs 1 crore to A P State Convention Bureau.
He also informed that “Brindavanam” will be developed in 150 acres in the area of 500 acres tourism site at Nagarjuna Sagar. The plan of late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy to develop irrigation projects as tourism spots would be continued and efforts would be made to materialize it, he added.