January 29, 2016 16:31 PM IST
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Wednesday decided to develop 40 new tourism spots in order to promote eco-tourism in the state. The government will spend Rs 100 crore in five years for this purpose. A decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary AP Padhi at the State Secretariat.
It was decided to start online booking for accommodation at eco-tourism spots within two months. Accommodation facilities for 15 to 20 families will be developed in each major spot. Padhi directed the Forest and Environment Department to develop suitable facilities including waste disposal provision at eco-tourism spots.
As of now, 20 eco-tourism sites have been taken up and 40 new destinations have been identified for development. Target has been set to develop all these spots within a period of five years with investment of around Rs 100 crore.