ETW STAFF – Hyderabad
Andhra Pradesh has embarked on an ambitious public private partnership (PPP) projects to upgrade its tourism infrastructure. In the coming months, Andhra Pradesh is set to witness investments of over INR 1,000 crore through public private partnership (PPP) mode in the tourism sector. The programme is supported by the ministry of tourism, government of India, which has already sanctioned INR 221 crore. This apart, the state is also expecting investment to the tune of INR 58 crore for new projects.
This involves building coastal corridors along the Vizag-Bheemunipatnam sea front and Vizag-Vizianagaram-Srikakulam Regional circuit with INR 175 crore investment, and eight new beach properties in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, East Godavari, West Godavari, Prakasam and Nellore districts.
Chandana Khan, special chief secretary to the Andhra Pradesh Government (Tourism & Archaeology) and chairman & managing director, APTDC, commented, “We want to showcase to our guests that everything is possible in Andhra Pradesh. Today, the state has much more to offer in terms of virgin locations. We are sure that the new tourism infrastructure will delight the new-generation visitors. We are keen to promote Andhra Pradesh as the most desirable round-the-year tourist destination in India.”
Significantly, the state government is focusing on the development of new and unexplored destinations, and weaning the tourists from the already popular destinations such as the temple town of Tirupati and the megapolis of Hyderabad.