Mangaluru: September 30, 2015: District-in-Charge Minister Ramanath Rai underlined the need to tap the vast tourism potential of coastal Karnataka.
Speaking after inaugurating a programme organised by the Tourism Department and the district administration to mark the World Tourism Day, here on Tuesday, he said the tourism policy framed by the State government will help improve basic facilities at the tourist spots.
The minister also stressed the need for developing tourist circuits to promote tourism in the region and promoting Dakshina Kannada as a tourist place.
Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said, the State government will organise a tourism investors’ meet shortly. The investors will be invited to invest on islands, start cruise service and boat house services to promote tourism in the region.
“A few untoward incidents have spoilt the image of the district in the recent years. There is a need to change the image of the district,” he added.
The DC said surfing championship will be held in the month of October. A map of tourist spots in Mangaluru city will be prepared at the earliest. The tourism department in association with MUDA (Mangalore Urban Development Authority) has already identified 40 heritage buildings in the district and a plaque with details of the heritage site has been unveiled.
MLC Ivan D’Souza said, CRZ guidelines need to be relaxed as they are coming in the way of developing tourism in the coastal district.
Tourism Department Assistant Director Clifford Lobo said, the government has released Rs 13.72 crore to develop Talapady, Someshwara, Ullal, Sulthan Bathery and Surathkal beaches in Dakshina Kannada. Rs 1.17 crore has been released for the development of facilities at Kadri Sri Manjunatha Kshetra, Rs 1.17 crore to Kukke Sri Subrahmanya temple, Rs 75 lakh to construct yatri nivas at Sauthadka Mahaganapathy Temple, Rs 50 lakh for the construction of yatri nivas at St Joseph Vaz Shrine in Mudipu, Rs 50 lakh for the development of basic facilities at Innoli Devandabettu temple, Rs one crore each for the construction of yatri nivas at Kateel temple and Moodbidri Jain Mutt has been sanctioned.
He said that the Tourism Department in Dakshina Kannada has taken an initiative to develop a website. The website will have details on temple, agri, holistic, beach, health eco tourism circuits in the district.
Musical instruments were distributed to the artistes from SC/ST communities on the occasion.