Tribal bazaar being built at a cost of Rs. 170 lakhs

In an effort to enhance the tourism potential of the region and offer a complete entertainment package to tourists, several projects have been initiated by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) at Araku Valley. The work of the tribal bazaar at Araku bazaar with 30 shops showcasing the crafts of the tribes of the region is going on at a fast pace. The tribal bazaar will have an amphitheatre, boating area, musical fountain plaza, walking pathways and children's play area and is being developed at a total cost of Rs. 170 lakhs. “Concrete roofing for 10 shops and floor concreting of the boating unit is over. The entire project is expected to get over within four months,” APTDC Divisional Manager S. Surya Prakasa Rao told The Hindu.

Better infrastructure, green environs and clean stretch of beaches have attracted tourists from all parts of the country and even abroad to the region this year. “Tourist inflow had been good this summer. However, the week when the cyclonic storm crossed the region there was lot of cancellations. The occupancy rate had dropped during the period,” he said.

The corporation has also taken up a project to develop road and other infrastructure facilities at the scenic Thatiguda Waterfalls at Anantagiri at the cost of Rs. 57 lakhs. While the construction of road till the waterfall is over, refreshment stalls and other facilities near the waterfall area will be set up soon. At its Anantagiri hill resorts, nine economy-type accommodations will be ready the month-end. The cottages are being constructed at the cost of Rs. 40 lakhs. The rooms will be operational in a few days time, Mr. Rao said.

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