Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has asked officials to expedite projects taken up to create and improve amenities for temple tourism and near archaeological sites/ museums as more and more people are visiting them.
If land is required for any tourism project, the officials concerned should liaise with AP Land Management Authority, Revenue Department, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and APIIC. Addressing a meeting of State Tourism Promotion Board, Mr. Reddy said the tourism sector needed aggressive marketing and promotion.
He ordered release of Rs. 5 crore by the Finance Department for completion of Centre-funded projects.
He ordered allotment of 20 acres of land near Shamshabad international airport here for the National Culinary Institute being established by the Centre at a cost of Rs. 50 crore.
It would have branches at Kolkata, Noida etc.
He sought speeding up of work on International Convention Centre at Tirupati and similar centres planned at Visakhapatnam, Warangal and Karimnagar.
The meeting was attended by Tourism Minister Vatti Vasanth Kumar and three other Ministers, besides Chief Secretary Minnie Mathew.
The Chief Minister noted that tourism sector generated $ 23 million of foreign exchange and contributed 10 per cent towards overall employment, with 15.3 crore domestic and 2.6 lakh foreign tourists visiting the State during 2012-13.
At a separate meeting of Shilparamam Society, the Chief Minister sought completion of Shilparamams at Nellore, Warangal and Vijayawada which were taken up at a cost of Rs. 20 crore. The Shilparamams taken up at Anantapur could be shifted to Kurnool as there was one at Puttaparthy in Anantapur district.
Officials asked to expedite projects for improving amenities at temples, archaeological sites/ museums