The Jog Management Authority has approved an action plan of `600 crore for the overall development of the falls and make it one of the major tourist destinations in the state.
This was decided during a meeting held at Jog Falls in Sagar taluk recently.
Presiding over the meet, Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa said an action plan had been prepared with the intention of transforming the Jog and the neighbouring places into more attractive tourist destinations that operates throughout the year.
There is a need to provide additional facilities and implement development works to lure more tourists to this region. So, the works in this regard should commence soon, he said.
Tourism minister RV Deshpande had discussed the new projects with the authorities concerned during his visit to the Jog recently. The same has been approved, he said.
He said as part of the project, tourists will be allowed to visit 25 tourist destinations, besides the Jog, in Sharavathi valley region.
For this there is a need to bring all these 25 tourist destinations under the purview of Jog Management Authority and the same will be developed in the coming days. All the roads leading towards these places will be developed besides the bus terminal and parking lot for tourist vehicles will be set up soon, he said. Thimappa said, the Tourism Department has to implement all these projects in association with Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL).
Principal of Bangalore-based BMS Engineering College has prepared the action plan and the same has been approved in the meeting. KPCL will invite tenders for the implementation of various development works, he said.
He said an international-standard garden will be developed on 60 acres of land near Linganamakki dam. Besides, boating, wildlife safari, electricity generation units viewing and other projects will be connected through inland water ways. As per the proposed project, tourists have to park their vehicles at Talaguppa and have to get into the vehicles of the Tourism Department to view all these 25 places. The authority is planning to implement all these projects in the next four years availing the funds from the Centre, he said.
Additional Chief Secretary of Tourism department Aravind Jadhav, Deputy Commissioner Vipul Bansal, Assistant Commissioner Udaykumar Shetty and others were present in the meet.