VIJAYAWADA: Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has asked the district collectors to focus on the development of tourism in the state so as to increase financial resources. He also asked them to make proposals with less than Rs 1 crore to increase tourism with available resources and identify land for setting up of food courts and other facilities that reflect the Telugu culture.
Addressing the Collectors’ Conference here Friday, the CM said that there was a lot of demand for eco-tourism and health tourism in India.
“The revenue that we get from temples across the state should be spent on the welfare of the people. Collectors should come forward with at least two proposals for tourism development in each district,” said Chandrababu.
Special chief secretary of department Chandana Khan said that the construction work of Shilparamam in Nellore will start soon and plans were afoot to build Shilparamam in Vijayawada, Kakinada and Eluru as well, now that the 14th Financial Commission had proposed its construction in the remaining six districts.
Health minister Kamineni Srinivas suggested that special packages in tourism be offered to students and old people, while irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said that places like Mangalagiri and Kondapalli should also be developed as they reflect the Telugu culture.