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With Tirupati as the hub, links will be provided for pilgrims to visit other religious destinations

New tourism policy stresses the need for utilising awesome potential of coastal tourism

HYDERABAD: Minister for Tourism Anam Ramanarayana Reddy said that the State would get an assistance of Rs. 50 crore for developing ‘Temple Corridor’ with Tirupati as the hub.

At a press conference here, he said the grant was just part of phase one of the programme. With Tirupati as the hub, links would be provided for pilgrims to visit other religious destinations like surrounding temples in the district and those in Nellore district too, he said.

Briefing presspersons on Thursday on board Khairunnissa, the twin-deck ferry as it cruised around Hussainsagar lake, he gave details of the recent visit of a high-level delegation from the State to the PATA Mart 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. He explained how they had showcased the State and Hyderabad in particular as an international destination and how on the last day of the event, came the announcement that the 416-year-old Hyderabad would host PATA Mart 2008.

The new Tourism Policy announced by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy provided infrastructure development and sector-wise focus to develop the heritage, medical and health and eco-tourism, besides the Buddhist Circuit.

The policy stressed the need for utilising the awesome potential of coastal tourism, given the State’s 1,100-km coastline, the Minister said. It was primarily based on the public-private partnership model and currently the estimated cost of ongoing projects in the State is Rs. 1,500 crore, he said.

Mr. Reddy said the visit of the AP delegation to Bali was extremely fruitful. It fulfilled the objectives of showcasing the State as an international tourist destination, while also pitching the State capital as an ideal venue for PATA 2008.