VIJAYAWADA: The long-awaited Shilparamam project is yet to take off as the officials are still on a lookout for a suitable site in the city. Earlier, the officials wanted to construct it on the Bhavani Island but now they have changed the decision.
The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) had embarked upon building the facility on a 20-acre site on Bhavani Island located in the middle of river Krishna. Rs 5 crore was released from the Thirteenth Finance Commission funds.
According to official sources in the Tourism Department, the government ordered the officials to search another suitable land for setting up Shilparamam, as it is not suitable and far away from the city. The government opines that it is not possible for the craftsmen to travel a long distance every day and that it is not safe to build in the middle of Krishna river. So it is busy searching for new site.
The officials, however, have not finalised any place for setting up the Shilparam due to lack of coordination between the APTDC and revenue officials.
“Eventhough, the Shilparamam project was cancelled earlier for some reasons, the tourism and revenue officials should try to set up Shilparamam in the city soon, as Vijayawada has become the capital and also people need more tourist places,” said P Rajesh, a private employee from the city.