The three-day Flamingo Festival came to an end with the Speaker of the AP Legislative Assembly, N. Manohar, taking part as chief guest in the valedictory function of the bird festival at Sullurupeta in Nellore district on Thursday.
Accompanied by Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy and Social Welfare and District In-charge Minister Pithani Satyanarayana, Mr. Manohar visited the stalls at the venue of the Sullurupeta event. District Collector B. Sridhar, Superintendent of Police B.V. Ramana Kumar and other officials were present.
Earlier, the Speaker visited the Pulicat Lake and the Nelapattu bird sanctuary where he was accorded a warm welcome. The Forest Department officials explained facts about the different varieties of birds including flamingos and pelicans.
Boost to tourism
At the Flamingo Festival venue, Mr. Manohar spoke as chief guest of the function when he stressed the need for developing and promoting places of tourism. He described Pulicat and Nelapattu sanctuaries as potential places for giving a boost to tourism.
Mr. Manohar described the visit to the bird sanctuary as a pleasant experience and also lauded the efforts being made by the local people and public representatives to protect the habitat of migratory birds.
Mr. Pithani Satyanarayana underscored the need for the Central government to take the initiative to develop Pulicat and Nelapattu as tourist destinations at the international level.