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Odisha govt. approves land for tourism projects

The Odisha government has approved allotment of land for hotels and tourism projects, which entail an investment to the tune of Rs. 354.34 crore.

A high-power committee chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi examined the proposals and gave its nod stating that these projects would bring socio-economic benefit to the community.

Investors have been asked to commission their projects within three years of allotment of land.

“Projects will be developed over a total area of around 79.5 acres, out of which the government has decided to allot around 42.5 acres. Some project proponents have arranged balance land on their own,” said Vishal Dev, State Tourism Secretary, on Thursday.

Job opportunities

Mr. Dev said these projects, apart from creating direct employment opportunities will also have the potential for large indirect employment.

The approved projects include a golf resort at Satpada near Chilika Lake and a water park near Sambalpur.