Tourism Minister Anand Singh said that the Central Government has promised to release Rs 50 crore to develop Coastal areas, including the beaches and other tourist spots in Karnataka.
Speaking to newspersons during his visit to the temple town on Monday, he said the Union Minister for Tourism has promised to release the funds in a meeting held at Bekal on Sunday. The tourism department will submit an estimate for the same. Measures have been taken to exploit the tourism potentials in the district.
The Minister said that Rs two crore will be released to develop Malpe beach. Additional Rs two crore would be released to develop jetty in St Mary’s island.
There was a need to widen Malpe beach. The district administration has already submitted a proposal on the same, he added.
The proposed statue of Sri Madhwacharya on Malpe beach will be installed near Vadabandeshwara temple, which is 500 metres away from the shore. Initially, it was proposed to install the statue near the shore.
However, CRZ norms will not permit it,the work on the statue will be completed within six months.
Singh also visited Hastha shilpa Heritage Village in Manipal and held talks with Vijayanath Shenoy, the architect of the Village.
The Minister said that government is contemplating on sanctioning 40 cents of land adjacent to Heritage Village in Manipal for an additional entry to theHeritage village. The decision will be taken in next 10 to 15 days.
He laid foundation for the yathri nivas which is being built by Vikasa Prathishtana at Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt premises. The yathri nivas is being built at an estimated cost of Rs 4.5 crore, of which Rs 1.5 crore will be released by the State government. The work on yathri nivas will be ready within a year.
He said there is a plan to release Rs two crore to develop Mannupalla lake in Manipal.