Staff Reporter

Kakinada: Union Minister of State for Defence and Kakinada MP M.M. Pallam Raju has requested Union Minister for Tourism, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja to provide financial assistance of Rs. 50 crores for development of a mega heritage tourism circuit in East Godavari district for which the district administration has identified 30 heritage temples and monuments.

Andhra Pradesh Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organization (APITCO) has been appointed consultants by the District Tourism Promotion Council for preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR).

APITCO has already initiated the process of field study for ascertaining the feasibility of the locations mentioned in DPR.

It (APITCO) has proposed to create facilities like landscaping and children's parks, compound walls around temples, illumination and lighting at temples, tourist arrival and information centres, mini cultural auditoriums, destination and direction boards, trekking steps and viewing towers and jetties and boating wherever required.

Mr. Pallam Raju also sought an assistance of Rs. 8 crores for development of a beach park at Kakinada in order to transform it into a major tourist destination. The district administration has identified an area of 35 to 45 acres for the purpose.