Tourist spots to get a major facelift

Seven beaches in Puducherry will be developed at an estimated cost of Rs. 44.07 crore, Health and Tourism Minister Malladi Krishna Rao informed the Assembly on Wednesday.

The work would be completed by March 2019. Replying to demands for grants , Mr. Rao said that the development of the heritage area in Puducherry was underway at an estimated cost of Rs. 80 crore and would be completed by December 2018.

Works is being done to develop, two temples and a spiritual park at Thirunallar in Karaikal. Under the RURBAN scheme, the Kirumampakkam lake would be developed as a tourist destination at Rs. 10 crore. Sound and light show at the Spiritual Park and development of four-lane streets in Thirunallar would also be taken up under the scheme at Rs. 10 crore.

Centre’s assistance

Mr. Rao said that the Puducherry Government would approach the Centre and seek financial assistance for taking up various tourism related projects in the Union Territory.

The projects include development of Marine park at Manapet, a walkway at Chunnambar, Natural History Museum in Puducherry, beautification of the walkway at Arasalar, second phase of Karaikal Ammaiyar Kovil, walkway and beautification of the beach in Mahe and second phase of the Botanical Garden in Yanam.

A project report has also been prepared for establishment of 12 indoor stadiums at Rs. 1.25 crore each in Bahour, Villianur, Embalam, Oussudu, Manavely, Ariyankuppam, Mannadipet, Nettapakkam, Thirunallar, T.R. Pattinam, Palloor and Kanakalpetta. The work would be taken up under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

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