Government is pumping money to create coastal corridors

A little sand between your toes can take away your woes. Yes, we are talking about unwinding on beach side.

The 972-km. long coastline of Andhra Pradesh is being garnished with attractive beach properties by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC). As part of its aim to promote beach tourism in a big way, the Government is pumping money to create coastal corridors along the Bay of Bengal by developing beach properties.

Special Chief Secretary, Tourism, Andhra Pradesh, Chandana Khan has reiterated on more than one occasion that the natural beauty of a beach can be a major attraction to families who want to take a break from the daily hustle-bustle of city life.

To explore the relatively virgin stretches of the coastline through public-private partnership projects, the Government is going all out to promote beach tourism. “We have already initiated nine beach projects in the last two years. Two of them have already been opened to the public and six others are nearing completion,” APTDC Executive Director, Projects, V. Madhusudhan, told The Hindu on Saturday.

The beach properties developed at Kalingapatnam in Srikakulam district and at Mypadu in Nellore district are already much-sought-after destinations by the local public. The ones being developed at Baruva in Srikakulam, Chintapalli in Vizianagaram, Kakinada Beach Park in Kakinada, at Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district and Tummalapenta in Nellore districts are almost complete. Besides, a beach property at Perupalem in West Godavari district and Suryalanka beach project phase-II in Guntur district are in the pipeline.

Cultural festivals

Meanwhile, the Tourism Corporation is awaiting clearance for development of yet another beach property at Isakapalli in Nellore district.

To draw public attention to the newly-developing beach belt, the officials plan to organise cultural festivals with a local flavour.

Dropping hints that the Kondapalli fort renovation plans at an estimated cost of Rs. 50 crore may have to wait, Mr. Madhusudhan says the Planning and Finance Committee, the funds sanctioning authority, is scheduled to meet in April.

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