Published on : Friday, October 27, 2017
The Andhra Pradesh government is deliberating upon effecting significant changes to the Tourism Policy (2015-2020) to attract more investment in the sector and expedite projects for which MoUs have already been signed, according to State Tourism Minister B Akhila Priya Reddy.
Priya Reddy was addressing investors and stakeholders at a regional conference organised by AP Tourism here on Friday. She said there were a few gaps to be bridged to take many of the tourism projects from the MoU stage to the execution stage. “There are a few issues, such as allotment of land to mega tourism projects (those entailing investment of more than ₹200 crore), and we are preparing an action plan to address these issues. We wish to make use of technology in promoting tourism. Certain critical policy changes, both at the State level and the Central level, are necessary to give a boost to the sector,” she said.
She said no other sector generated so much employment as tourism sector. She promised to take up the issue of relaxing coastal regulatory zone (CRZ) norms to promote beach tourism.
Earlier, MK Meena, Principal Secretary, Tourism, said 145 MoUs had been signed during the past two years in the sector in the State, in accordance with tourism policy (2015-20), entailing investment of ₹10,300 crore, but till now 74 projects had been grounded entailing investment of ₹3,500 crore. “The remaining projects are stuck in technical and financial problems and it is our endeavour through the regional conferences to clear the hurdles and get the projects going,” he said.
However, he said, the State’s performance in the tourism sector was commendable, and it stood third in the country in the footfalls of domestic tourists, after Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
Himanshu Sukla, Managing Director of the AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), explained the process of allotment of lands to tourism projects. For projects entailing investment of above ₹200 crore, termed mega projects, and for certain special projects land would be allotted directly by the State government. For the others, below ₹200 crore, bidding process would be invited for land allotment.
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