Department of Works to Develop Infrastructure for Four Tourist Sites – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Thursday ordered the works department to expeditiously implement site development works of four major tourist spots such as Nrusinghanath, Harishankar, Bhitarkanika and Chandrabhaga, which are being developed as major tourist destinations.

Reviewing the progress made so far, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra ordered the sites to be managed through committees involving local stakeholders. Local Women’s Self-Help Groups (WSHGs) should be given priority in the hosting, sanitation and maintenance of the facilities proposed to be developed.

In Bhitarkanika, tourism facilities will be developed in four main areas – Dangamal, Gupti, Khola and Chandbali. The main interventions would include the setting up of chalets, the laying of floating jetties, the development of an arrival plaza, common facilities centres, an interpretation centre, observation facilities for wildlife, toilets, parking and other tourist facilitation infrastructure.

In addition, land for tourism projects will be acquired and developed by IDCO near Gupti, Khola and Kasturikana. The whole project will be undertaken in three phases. In the first phase, an amount of Rs 46.23 crore will be invested for the establishment of high priority facilities. The Kendrapara Collector and Divisional Forest Officer submitted field updates and relevant suggestions via videoconference.

After setting up the necessary facilities at Bhitarkanika, the department would hand over the assets to the Department of Forests, Environment and Climate Change for sustainable management. Similarly, boating and beach view facilities will be developed at Chandrabhaga with an investment of around Rs 42 crore. Site development works at Nrusinghanath and Harishankar are estimated at around Rs 46 crore.

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