Tourism Minister spends time with 'his' elephant, fishes

Minister for Tourism Anand Singh has said that the government is planning to develop coastal tourism and a proposal of Rs 50 crore has been sent to the Centre. The state and the centre will make an attempt to improve infrastructure facilities at tourist spots.

International crafts mela will be held at Surajkund on February 1 and 2. Karnataka will open 75 stalls at a cost of Rs 7.5 crore, at the mela. As many as 13 countries will take part in the crafts mela. Karnataka will showcase its culture, tradition, artifacts, dresses and dance forms.

He said that Rs 15 crore has been earmarked for the development of Malpe St Mary’s island. Toilets, streetlights and road will be laid at ‘snanaghatta’ (bathing ghat) at Kumaradhara in Subrahmanya, at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore.

To a query on infight in the BJP, the Minister said that the State government will complete its term. Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar will present his maiden budget on February 8. “None have invited BJP leaders to the KJP. Even if invited, none will join the KJP.” The Minister also inspected the ongoing works, at the temple.

He also spent a few minutes with elephant Yashaswini which he had donated to the temple a few years ago.

He also visited Yenekallu Shankhapala Subrahmanya temple and offered food to the fishes at the temple pond.

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