VISAKHAPATNAM: The much-publicised ‘City Night Tour’ by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) which was to have been kickstarted Monday, will now be inaugurated Tuesday as ministers Ch Ayyanna Patrudu and Ganta Srinivasa Rao were not available in the city.
The ‘City Night Tour’ is a package trip covering Submarine Museum, Boating at Fishing Harbour, Kailasagiri, Jatara Silparamam and dinner at Haritha Rushikonda Beach resorts.
The tour will start at 4.30 pm and end at 9.30 pm. According to the APTDC schedule, half-an-hour will be spent at each of the locations including Kailasagiri, Boating, Silparamam and Submarine Museum.
Special chief secretary to Tourism Department Chandana Khan said that timing of the package was fixed in compliance with the culture of Vizagites. As the people of Visakhapatnam prefer to dine by 10 pm, the programme was designed to close at 9.30 pm, Chandana Khan said. Addressing a press conference here Monday, the special chief secretary said that the department was strictly adhering to the regulations of the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ). The timings for shopping and entertainment at Silparamam were proposed to be operated from 1 pm to 11 pm, she said.
Responding to a query on the progress of other tourism projects, she said that a small resort with hotel would be set up at Lambasingi in the Visakhapatnam Agency area. A tribal museum in memory of freedom-fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju would be constructed at Silparamam and a grand memorial of Alluri would be constructed at Krishna Devipeta in Visakhapatnam Agency.
She said there were plans to set up Tourism Police, a new machinery for the safety of tourists, she added. A two-day seminar on Buddhism in North Coastal Andhra, in association with the Department of Archaeology and Museums, would be organised in Visakhapatnam on September 13 and 14.
There were about 50 Buddhist sites belonging to the period extending from 3rd Century BC to 10th Century AD. The discussions of the seminar would centre around conservation, preservation and development of tourism amenities at the sites and monuments, the special chief secretary said. Talking about the new tourism policy of 2010, Chandana Khan said that it was kept in abeyance due to various problems.
The special chief secretary also said that the Dutch building in Srikakulam would be developed as a heritage museum at a cost of `1 crore. “The works of the budget hotel in Srikakulam will be completed in three months and hotels in Baruva and Kalingapatnam are running well,” she said.