CHENNAI: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has laid the foundation for setting up of an innovative `42 crore Sports Fishing Cum Eco Park at the 15 acre Chetpet lake owned by the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department.
With the allocated funds, the following facilities would be created in the Chetpet lake: Entertainment like fishing, water adventure sports, boating, open air theatres and children’s park among other things.
With a view to beautify the banks of this lake, rare species of trees would be grown. The multi-layer parking lot to be set up there would ease the traffic congestion. A fish canteen would provide delicious food varieties made of fish. These measures would facilitate converting this place as a tourist spot in the future.
Meanwhile, the CM inaugurated Annankovil fish landing centre near Parangipettai in Cuddalore, set up at a cost of `18.91 crore. This has been a long-pending demand of fishermen in the area and it comprises of fish auction centre, net repairing centre, effluent plant etc.,
The CM also inaugurated Tourism Reception Centre at Karaikudi, set up at a cost of `35 lakh for the benefit of tourists, pilgrims and others who visit Chettinad bungalows and temples located in the area. She also laid foundation for the Fossils Museum to be set up at Ariyalur, by the departments of Tourism, Arts and Culture, archaeology and museums, at a cost of `10.63 crore.
Virtual Tour of the Museum in Chennai through website and Museo bus for school students were among those completed projects, inaugurated by the Chief Minister.