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All projects under the proposed Visakhapatnam-Bheemunipatnam Beach Corridor have been drawn up within the framework of the Coastal Regulation Zone and there would be no violations, Special Chief Secretary (Tourism) Chandana Khan has said. Addressing the media here on Wednesday after a review of the project with the stakeholders, she said once completed, the project would be maintained by the local authorities, including the GVMC and the VUDA. They would get revenues from parking and other licence fees for maintenance.

The project had been divided into nine segments and tenders for four components would be called for by the end of the month. VUDA would take up tourism works in Kailasagiri, Thotlakonda, and Yerramattidibbalu. Plans for the project had been drawn by the State government-appointed consultant — ILFS, she explained. The projects are being taken up after due diligence and consultations with the stakeholders.”

The focus of the projects would be on greenery and lots of open spaces.

All structures would be pre-fabricated semi-permanent structures, and no permanent structure would come up in the CRZ areas.

Replying to a query, she said the proposed tourism projects in the district had to get statutory clearances, as on the one hand it was CRZ and on the other it was in Scheduled Area.

The clearances had caused delays and some projects had not taken off, she added. Another thing that had hindered the projects being taken up under PPP mode was the lease rental issue.

The high land value had made the projects highly unviable for the private investor. The Empowered Committee of the State Cabinet had discussed the issue and had drawn up some incentives like halving the lease payment and holiday for the duration of the construction period, among others. These would be notified soon, the Special Chief Secretary said, and hoped that this would bring back the investors to participate in the PPP projects.

Two tourism projects — a Tourism Guest House in Buddhist heritage site Salihundam and another at Kalingapatnam, both in Srikakulam district — were inaugurated on Wednesday, she said.

District Collector Solomon Arokiaraj inaugurated the APTDC online travel desk under which customers could book tickets on APTDC buses through the portal: redbus.in.

GVMC Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana, VUDA Vice-Chairman Yuvaraj, GVMC Additional Commissioner M. Janaki, VUDA Chief Urban Planner Vidyullatha, and a number of officials, and Srinivas of ILFS attended the review.

All projects under the corridor will be within the framework of the Coastal Regulation Zone, says Special Chief Secretary (Tourism) Chandana Khan


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