Give priority to maintain tourist spots, DC tells officials

Deputy Commissioner Dr R Vishal has opined that the tourism department should give priority to the maintenance rather than taking up new constructions.

Speaking at a district-level meet of District Tourism Development Committee and Malpe Beach Development Committee, the Deputy Commissioner said that there are already sufficient establishments to boost the tourism potentials in the district, however, the major concern and priority should be the maintenance of already set up tourism establishments.

Stressing over the transparency in all the transactions that would take place in the tourism sector, the DC directed the officials to take measures for the long-term maintenance proposals. He said tender should be called following transparent process.

He said beaches play a major role in the direction of exploiting the available tourism opportunities and revenue. He said Malpe beach would be developed with the amount of Rs 5 lakh assured by MLA Pramodh Madhawarj and additional Rs 5 lakh would be spent on the project. He directed the tourism department assistant director to call for tender to take up toilets and drinking water facilities at Malpe beach.

The deputy commissioner said the tourism web portal should be developed, besides measures should be taken for the effective and informative tourism information centre. He said contractors should be appointed with prior conditions of maintaining hygienic condition and offering basic infrastructural facilities at tourism spots. He also directed the officials that the contractor who is given the tender should employ the local people.

He said the official should make note of the local employers working in the particular tourism project. He said tender should be called for at least 40 signage. He said measures should be taken to permit the license for home stay after thorough verification. He said measures taken by KRIDL to develop connective roads at beach area should be redesigned and the maintenance of these roads would be the responsibility of KRIDL for five years.

He added that life jackets and identity cards should be issued to the lifeguards at Malpe beach. He also directed the officials to take measures against the boats that do not pay the amount that is been charged, he added.
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