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Koraput tourism hit by infra woes

KORAPUT: Koraput has failed to attract tourists due to lack of infrastructure like safe drinking water, toilets, accomodation, amusement and recreation facilities, said former collector of Koraput Gadadhar Parida at a World Tourism Day function observed by Intach, Koraput chapter, at Jeypore on Tuesday.

While roads leading to different tourist spots are damaged, most have not been properly developed, reports The Times of India.

“Without developing the existing infrastructure we can’t expect inflow of tourists into this tribal hinterland,” he added.

Tribal researcher Paresh Rath said, “Jeypore was the capital of the kings of Surya dynasty and has several heritage monuments which could attract both domestic and foreign tourists but sadly, no attention has been paid by the authoriteis concerned for the development of these monuments”. Also, Koraput tourism has not been marketed properly, he added.

The cave temple of Shiva at Gupteswar, Duduma waterfalls, vast heritage wealth of Subai and Nandapur, Sabara Srikhetra at Koraput, Deomali-the highest peak in Odisha, that is ideal for aero-gliding and trekking and Maliguda, a small hill-top village where Indias highest broad gauge is located are all part of Koraput. All these can make a grand tourism package but sadly have failed to boost the tourist traffic.

Official figures reveals that of 1,169 foreign tourists who visited the district in 2015, as many as 638 visited Duduma waterfalls.

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