KAKINADA : The district administration has proposed to take up mega tourism projects in East Godavari on the lines of Kerala model.
District Collector H Arun Kumar and other officials recently visited Katrenikona, Chirra Yanam, Pallam and other coastal areas with vast stretches of sandy lands to study their tourism potential. According to an estimate, 4,000 acres of sandy lands are available along the seacoast where new tourism projects can be taken up.
Actually, the district authorities earlier proposed take up tourism projects on a small scale at S Yanam, Chirra Yanam and other places under the Swadesh Darshan scheme with an investment of `7 crore each. After considering the immense tourism potential of places like Katrenikona in Mummidivaram Assembly constituency, they are now thinking of redesigning the tourism projects. The sandy lands are ideal to promote beach tourism in the district in a big way.
“We want to undertake a survey first to identify the extent of sandy lands available in the district for promotion of beach tourism. We will use drones for field survey if necessary and come up with mega tourism projects,” the District Collector said. “The preliminary survey will be completed within two weeks. Later, we will submit a detailed report on the proposed mega tourism projects to the government seeking clearance,” an official of the Tourism Department said.