Mangalore, Udupi to be part of Mega circuit: Sahay

Mangalore, Udupi to be part of Mega circuit: Sahay

73 destinations in State to be developed on PPP mode

­Union Minister for Tourism Subodh Kant Sahay addressing the stakeholders meet on holistic development of coastal region in Mangalore on Saturday. DH PhotoSpeaking to presspersons on the sidelines of stakeholders meet on holistic development of coastal region here on Saturday, he said the mega circuit aims at integrated development of tourism prospectus of the region. The Ministry of Tourism will provide financial assistance of Rs 50 crore for development of identified destinations in the  mega circuit.

The objective is to ensure that the infrastructure of these mega circuits is developed to the extent that it can cater to the future tourist inflow.

The Minister said that 34 destinations in the country will be developed on the model of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, wherein the destinations will be provided with infrastructure facilities. About 20 tourism parks will be created in the country. The tourism park will have convention centre, theme park, market and so on, to hold back the tourists for few days.

The Ministry of Tourism has identified 73 destinations in Karnataka to be developed on PPP mode.

If the State government sends the proposal, then we can provide all the help. The State should have investor-friendly policy for the promotion of tourism, he added.

Stating that there is lack of infrastracture to cater to the needs of the tourists, the Minister said that there is a need for 26 lakh rooms to cater to the needs of growing domestic tourists and four lakh rooms for the international tourists in the country.

Overseas office

The Minister said that Ministry of Tourism has 14 overseas offices.

Another 20 overseas offices will be set up in representative office character, to double the inboard tourists in the country.

Proposals

Few of the proposals which are under active consideration of the Ministry of Tourism are integrated development in and around Shimoga (Development of Jog Falls, Agumbe, Kollur and Banavasi), integrated development of Chikkaballapura, development of tourism infrastructure at Pattadakallu, Badami, Aihole, Alamatti dam, Vanivilasa dam, Hampi, Shivanasamudra, Pilikula, Magadi fort and Apsarakunda. Under the 11th plan, a sum of Rs 118.69 crore was sanctioned to Karnataka. Of which, Rs 97.80 crore was released.

‘Clean India campaign’

The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has come up with a comprehensive long-term strategy to check the negative impact of unsatisfactory hygiene and cleanliness at important tourist destinations. Accordingly, ‘Clean India Campaign’ will be launched in New Delhi on December 20. As foreigners give priority to hygiene, we should see that our tourist destinations are clean. It is an attempt to give a new look to the tourist detsinations.

Former president of India Dr A P J Kalam will lead the campaign while celebrities and school kids will be part of the campaign. 

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