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AP promises 1,279 acres for tourism projects

DELHI: Andhra Pradesh told international investors that it has 79 virgin land parcels spread across 13 districts in the state earmarked for tourism projects at the UAE – India Economic Forum 2016 in Dubai. The total land for such projects stands at 1,279 acres of land.

AP has categorised these projects under seven major themes such as MICE, beaches, recreation, ecotourism, religious tourism, wayside amenities and heritage / historic tourism. The state has so far realized projects worth Rs. 4,019 cr in the last one year with another Rs. 10,000 cr worth of investments in the pipeline.

AP’s also said that it has a tourism policy that identifies a clear roadmap of investment approach in infrastructure project development where in majority of the projects would be build either through private investments or through PPP model. The government will also undertake select tourism projects in its endeavor to build a sustainable ecosystem for tourism in the state, it said in a release.

Srikant Nagulapalli, Secretary to AP state government, Tourism & Culture, said, “Our aspiration is to develop Andhra Pradesh as one of the most preferred destination globally. To fulfill this dream and give a major fillip to tourism we aim to create a world-class tourism infrastructure in the state duly supported by best-in-class hotels, most modern rail, road and air network and excel in every aspect of tourism infrastructure development.”

He added that AP government assure investors of “all round co-operation right from a favourable land lease policy, to fiscal benefits and non-fiscal incentives. With a single desk window in place we assure clearance of all approvals in 21 days. Our focus is on fast tracking projects to enhance infrastructure and tourist engagement.”

The UAE-India Economic Forum (UIEF) was held between the periods October 19 – 20, 2016.

Musafir Namah Bureau


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