Special Correspondent

Bangalore:For promoting tourism at historical, religious and popular tourist places, the State Government has decided to allow private parties to purchase five acres of agricultural lands in 100 selected places for construction of hotels.

The Government has decided to amend the Karnataka Land Revenue Act 1964 to enable entrepreneurs to purchase a maximum of five acres of land from farmers directly to set up hotels.

Revealing the arrangements made by the Tourism Department to attract private investments during the Global Investors' Meet on June 3 and 4, Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism G Janardhan Reddy told presspersons on Thursday that 100 tourist places hade been identified for setting up of hotels in the private sector in the State.

The Government would not interfere in the land deals between farmers and buyers, Mr. Reddy said.

The department has created a land bank and kept ready 3,258 acres of land for tourism projects.