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Site development works at important tourist places like Nrusinghanath, Harishankar, Bhitarkanika, and Chandrabhaga were fast-tracked

Bhubaneswar12/5/22:: The site development works at important tourist places like Nrusinghanath, Harishankar, Bhitarkanika, and Chandrabhaga were fast-tracked with Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra taking a review of the progress in a high-level meeting held in Lokseba Bhawan conference hall wherein Principal Secretary Tourism Surendra Kumar outlined the techno- administrative issues and updates for discussion.

Reviewing the progress made so far, Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra directed that the site development projects would be executed through the Works department for expedite implementation. After setting up the necessary facilities at Bhitarkanika, the department would hand over the assets to the Department of Forest, Environment and Climate Change for sustainable management. He also directed to manage the sites through committees involving the local stakeholders. The local WSHGs would be involved in hospitality, sanitation and upkeep etc to the fullest feasible extent in the spots. Discussions in the meeting showed that for Bhitarkanika, tourism facilities would be developed in four principal zones viz. Dangmal, Gupti, Khola, and Chandbali. The primary interventions would include setting up of the cottages, laying of floating jetties, development of an arrival plaza, common facility centers, interpretation center, facilities for wildlife sighting, toilets, parking, and other tourist facilitation infrastructure

.Additional Chief Secretary Forest, Environment and Climate Change Dr. Mona Sharma, Principal Secretary Tourism Surendra Kumar, Managing Director IDCO Bhupendra Singh Poonia, Director Tourism Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav, Additional Secretary Tourism Durga Prasad Mahapatra along with senior officers of concerned departments participated in the discussions.

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