Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi to inaugurate the festival on Jan. 8
Finance and Planning Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy said that the “Flamingo Festival”, which is usually held every year as a tourism event at Sullurupeta, would remain a unique festival with huge potential to attract domestic and international tourists to the Pulicat Lake Sanctuary and Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary.
In the presence of district officials and MLAs here on Sunday, Mr. Ramnarayana Reddy flagged off the festival campaign vehicle, which was decorated with impressive pictures of the migratory birds with the serene waters of Pulicat as the backdrop. He said that Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi would inaugurate the bird festival on January 8 at the rocket town.
Mr. Ramnarayana Reddy said that the presence of the space centre at Sriharikota, Sri Chengalamma Parameswari Temple and the Pulicat Lake proved to be an added advantage for Sullurupeta area to register growth with the help of tourism. It was significant that a special fund of Rs.11 crore was sanctioned from the Prime Minister’s Fund in response to requests made by local leaders to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the development of Sullurupeta town during his recent visit to Sriharikota.
To suit the programme of Union Minister Chiranjeevi, the three-day event would be held from January 8 to 10 this year and not January 7 to 9 as per the tourism calendar. On the first day, Mr. Chiranjeevi would take part in various other programmes in the district which include laying the foundation stone for the new administrative building of the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM), Nellore centre.
Mr. Ramnarayana Reddy said that the Central government had released Rs.10 crore for the IITTM building and a new site was also found for it near Venkatachalam after there was a dispute over site already allocated for it.