DELHI: In an attempt to woo a greater number of domestic as well as foreign tourists, the central government has geared up to promote the potential of coastal tourism by cashing in on the beauty of India’s pristine shoreline.

The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) for the Swadesh Darshan Scheme in the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has recently approved projects to the tune of ₹450 crore for development of various tourism circuits, officials said.

According to officials, the development of the Chennai-Mamamallapuram-Rameshwaram-Manpadu-Kanyakumari coastal line, with a total project cost of approximately ₹100 crore, has already been approved by the tourism ministry.

Sources in the ministry said the coastal tourism project in Tamil Nadu comprises light and sound shows, development of various beach amenities, construction of pedestrian bridge connecting Vivekanand memorial with Tiruvalluvar statue, amongst other major highlights.

Besides these, many Tamil Nadu beaches, including the famous Marina beach, would be introduced to water sports events, advanced safety measures and word-class amenities to boost its tourism potential. Water sports like beach volleyball court, water-powered motorbikes, water skiing equipment will be there for tourists.

Sources said the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation also has plans to purchase life-saving boats, install CCTV cameras and solar-powered LED lighting along the beach, in a bid to improve safety measures.

Sports activities are also being planned for Elliot’s beach – the second most popular beach in the state. Of the total allocation of ₹100 crore, around ₹6 crore is likely to be spent towards development of Manapad beach to make it a world-class surfing destination.


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