CM directs tourism department officials to improve facilities at tourist spots to attract more tourists

From our special correspondent

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Bangalore, August 19: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has directed officials of the Tourism Department to give priority to providing basic amenities at all tourist spots and improve publicity to increase the influx of tourists to Karnataka in the coming days.

Reviewing the progress of the Tourism Department in Bangalore on Friday, he said that tourism plays a vital role in the economic progress of the State and promotion of culture. Faced with this, the government has given priority to the development of tourism.

As announced in the State Budget, the tourist circuits of Mysuru-Belur-Halebeedu and Hampi-Badami-Aihole-Pattadakal are to be developed, he said.

He wanted the Mysuru tourist circuit to be ready for opening during Dasara and the Hampi circuit should be kept ready for opening during the Deepavali festival season.

“These circuits must also include adventure sports and entertainment activities,” Bommai said.

The State Government has formulated the guidelines for the adoption and maintenance of the monuments that have been announced in the budget. Details of memorials and expenses should be prepared and a website created.

I would personally write to all corporate companies about the monument adoption plan. The Department of Tourism must have perfect coordination with the Department of Industries and Commerce.

The Chief Minister said that he would hold a meeting with the Archaeological Survey of India to discuss the possibility of providing more facilities to tourists visiting the Badami caves and also to make them more attractive.

He would discuss with deputy commissioners and forest department officials to complete the land acquisition process at the earliest for the proposed cable car at Nandi Hills, Yaana, Anjanadri Hill, Mullaiyanagiri and Dattapeeta Hill.

To promote environment-friendly tourism in the coastal zone, the state government has already submitted a proposal to the Government of India to simplify the coastal regulatory zone and is trying to get approval. This would help in the promotion of tourism in the coastal area.

Steps have been taken for the recovery of the Bidar and Kalburagi forts, and even the Surpur Fort is to be included in this work. There are 400 tour guides registered with the Tourism Department who receive a monthly fee of Rs 2,000 each.

Arrangements are being made to provide training to improve communication skills at Hampi University.

Officials were also instructed to start tour tour of Peacock Sanctuary, Baada Palace, Stone Park, Folklore University Exhibition, Shishuvinahala and Savanur in Haveri district.

The existing tourism website needs to be redesigned with modality details, user-friendly features and also audit of the assets of the Tourism Department to generate revenue, he said.

Bommai said waterways should be created in Kali, Almatti and Cauvery river areas and a proposal should be submitted for tourism development. There is a need to provide facilities for tourists near 10 to 12 lakes in the State and measures to promote trekking as it would attract not only foreign tourists but also local tourists.

Parks can be developed at the dam sites of Hidkal, Kabini and Gorur reservoirs, he added.

Tourism Minister Anand Singh, Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation Chairman Siddalingaswamy, Chief Secretary Vandita Sharma, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister N Manjunath Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner, ISN Prasad, Tourism Department Secretary NV Prasad and other senior officials were present.

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