VISAKHAPATNAM : Collector N Yuvaraj called upon the boat operators and hotel managements to come forward to involve themselves in further development of the passenger jetty at the Visakhapatnam harbour. The collector invited the quotations for stake in the passenger jetty tourist attractions. Already the Visakhapatnam Port and the APTDC jointly accepted to run 40 air conditioned and 20 non-airconditioned seating capacity boats from the passenger jetty.
The collector held a meeting with owners of star hotels and boat operators and discussed the facilities to be developed to attract the tourists. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu recently inaugurated the slipway jetty at Visakhapatnam port. On the occasion, the CM directed the officials to utilise the slipway jetty by introducing various boat shire packages from the jetty.
The boat operators have to run at least 10 trips from 10 am to 6 pm. The operators have to provide drinking water, cool drinks and snacks to the tourists. A committee led by joint collector J Nivas would finalise after screening the quotations, the collector said.
The collector also invited hotel managements to come forward to maintain the air-conditioned restaurant built with complete glass. He asked the hotels to submit quotations for the maintenance for three months. The waiting hall for boat shire, ticket counters and other infrastructure facilities would be developed by the APTDC, Yuvaraj explained.
Earlier, HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao held a review meeting with the collector and naval officials and discussed development of the slipway jetty.