This information was given to Lok Sabha on Monday by Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy, in response to a question from Congressman YSR, YS Avinash Reddy. The MP asked if the central government had any plans to promote tourism after the Covid-19 pandemic, in reference to the PA’s plans. The minister said the programs were revived after Covid-19 to promote tourism in the country. He further said that states and union territories have sent proposals for consideration. The Andhra Pradesh government has sent proposals out of which five projects have been approved, he added.
The Minister said that a development project of Kakinada Hope Island, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Pasarlapudi Aduru and Kotipally has been proposed at Rs 67.84 crore and the full amount has been paid to the government of State. He also said that the development of Pulikat Lake in Nellore, Ubbalamadugu Waterfalls, Nelapattu, Kothakoduru, Mypadu, Ramathreertham and the Isukapalli project was approved at a cost of Rs 49.55 crore of which Rs 47.76 crore was released. The Union Minister said that a project to develop the Buddhist circuit of Shalihundam, Bavikonda, Amaravati and Anupu has also been authorized at a cost of Rs 24.14 crore against which Rs 26.17 crore has been donated to the government of the state.
Under the PRASHAD scheme, the Union government had authorized a project to develop Amaravati as a tourist destination at a cost of Rs 27.77 crore and the development of Srisailam temple at a cost of Rs 43.08 crore.