Dept identifies 42 beaches, 4 islands for tourism devt

Dept identifies 42 beaches, 4 islands for tourism devt

The State tourism department has submitted proposal to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest seeking the relaxation of the Coastal Regulation Zone regulations, to boost tourism projects in the beaches in Karnataka stretching 320 kms.

Speaking after inaugurating Pilikula Nisargadhama Resort and Ayurveda Centre at Pilikula on Friday, Tourism Minister R V Deshpande said that the department has sought the relaxation of regulations based on the Swaminathan Committee report of 2005. The Ministry has asked the opinion of the State for relaxing the regulations. Coastal tourism projects can be explored in Karnataka on the lines of tourism projects on the beaches of Kerala and Goa. “As per the Coastal Regulation Zone, tourism activities are banned within 200 metres of the sea shore. But, the regulation has been relaxed in Kerala and Goa, where tourism projects are taken up within 25-30 metres of the coast,” he said.

The proposal was sent to the Central Tourism Minister one and a half month ago and to the Ministry of Environment and Forest 15 days back. The department has identified 42 beaches and four islands in the State for tourism development. Union Minister of Environment and Forest M Veerappa Moily has assured of relaxing the regulations to boost tourism in the State, Deshpande said.

Language courses

In yet another initiative to strengthen tourism in the State, Deshpande said that in a meeting of the vice chancellors of various universities, he has directed 15 VCs to introduce short term language courses for interested candidates. The short term courses in various languages will help the  guides to learn various languages which in turn will enable them to communicate effectively with tourists. The department will also appoint expert tourism consultants in each of the 30 districts, who will prepare detailed project reports on the tourism projects for their district.

Mentioning about the vision documents on tourism formed by the ministry, he said the chief minister will present a part of the document in the coming budget. The tourism has sector has the potential to generate 43 lakh jobs and revenue of Rs 85,000 crore in next 10 years. he said.

R V Deshpande also inaugurated the newly developed bird aviary in Pilikula. District-in-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai inaugurated the Ayurveda Centre.

MLA J R Lobo, Jungle Lodges, Resorts Managing Director Anur Reddy and others were present.

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