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Masterplan for tourism development in Chilika

Chilika master plan

Bhubaneswar: The state government is mulling over preparing a master plan to develop tourism in Chilika to international level. A private company has drafted a master plan to develop tourism zones and introduce 10 international level tourism programmes in the area that was studied by authorities in the state government in a high level meeting on Tuesday.

Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan and Forest Conservation and Forest region Development Project director Ajit Kumar Patnayak discussed the proposal presented by IPE Global.

The proposal aims to create tourism zones in Rambha, Mangalajodi and Satapada and plans to set up 10 international tourism projects in Chilika belt. Local residents and boatmen, fishermen as well as other communities depending on Chilika lake will be ensured livelihood and security under the master plan.

With inputs from Tourism department officials including secretary Arti Ahuja, Puri collector Arvind Agrawal, Forest Department secretary Suresh Mohapatra, the master plan will be upgraded and tabled in four weeks time.

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