Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu who returned from his tour to Kadapa District, suggested developing the district as a world tourist destination. In a review meeting with Tourism officials here in Vijayawada, he set a six-month deadline for the completion of Phase 1 works of the Gandikota Project.

In this regard, the Chief Minister asked officials to hire consultant services to introduce ropeway, rock climbing, boating park, amusement park, shopping area, resort and other tourist amenities. This will not just promote the tourism, but also increase passenger traffic at Kadapa Airport, he added.

“Submit proposals to develop Kadapa as a major entertainment and adventurous destination”, he added. He also directed the officials to hold a geological survey on stone rocks, Penna River, reservoirs and other regions. It has also been decided to construct a glass balcony in Gandikota on lines of Grand Canyon located in America.

Given that the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams (TTD) has come forward for the development of Ontimitta temple with an expenditure of Rs 20 crore, the Chief Minister directed the officials to complete construction works at the temple before Sri Rama Navami next year. “Prepare a master plan for the construction of marriage halls, hotels and choultries,” he said.

Tirupati must emerge as a lake city by developing 100 ponds in the town, along with Vijawada as Canal City and Vizag and Beach City, the Chief Minister said. He directed the officials to ensure clearances within 21 days for companies that have already signed MoUs for various tourism projects. “Create a milestone and update the progress of the projects to the Dash Board,” he said. The Chief Minister also suggested setting up Hospitality University and Culinary Institute in the same premises in Tirupati.

Furthermore, the Chief Minister examined the idea of developing Nagarjuna Sagar into a Buddhist Heritage site. He also directed the officials to speed up construction works of the convention centre spread across 6 acres in Rajahmundry.

Meanwhile, Secretary (Tourism) Nirab Kumar informed the Chief Minister that they have designed a PPP-based model for the development of Kotappakonda. He also presented the working statuses of tourism projects in various districts.

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