Says Rs.200 crore earmarked for road work
Minister for Tourism Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that many projects were on the anvil to boost the tourism sector of the State.
He was inaugurating the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Development Scheme here on Thursday evening.
Mr. Balakrishnan said that the State government has provided an unprecedented emphasis in developing tourism. “The Planning Board has accorded considerable prominence to the sector by reserving a sizable budget that has also been approved by the Legislative Assembly. This amount is a massive leap from previous allocations for the sector. Information Technology, education, civil food supplies and road development are the other areas that will be focused in the upcoming budget allocation,” he said.
He also said that the Tourism Department has set aside Rs.200 crore to improve the condition of roads that lead to all hotspots of the State.
Mr. Balakrishnan highlighted the various projects that are being carried out in different parts of the State. “Land acquisition has reached its final phase for setting up a unit of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) in Muzhappilangad (in Kannur). With a total outlay of Rs. 4.5 crore, the G.V. Raja Convention Centre has been built at the Hotel Samudhra in Kovalam. Development projects have also been initiated in Munnar.
In addition to the other projects in the State, the 10-storey Kerala House building in Chennai is expected to be commissioned in February,” he said.
Efforts are also being made to increase air connectivity to the State for tourism, especially for those from other parts of the country, he said.
The Minister also stressed the importance of greater collaboration between the public and private sectors in developing tourism.
The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Development Scheme, which utilised Rs. 1.70 crore, includes building of three observation towers in the sanctuary, two of which will be provided for use by tourists and the third for ornithologists and researchers. KTDC Chairman Cheriyan Philip welcomed the guests.