Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu is seen with  Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons, AP Minster for Tourism Bhuma Akhilapriya Reddy, Minister for Industries N Amarnath Reddy and others after inaugurating Indian Culinary Institute, in Tirupati on Monday
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu is seen with Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons, AP Minster for Tourism Bhuma Akhilapriya Reddy, Minister for Industries N Amarnath Reddy and others after inaugurating Indian Culinary Institute, in Tirupati on Monday

Tirupati: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, in Tirupati on Monday, inaugurated the Indian Culinary Institute which was built at a cost of Rs.99 crore. Through remote control, he  also inaugurated two coastal circuits under Swadesh Darshan scheme of Indian Tourism, which were located in East Godavari and Nellore districts. 

Later addressing the gathering, Venkaiah Naidu stressed on the importance of culinary institute and called for popularising age-old cuisines and delicacies of India which have no match in the world.  

He said, Culinary preparation is an art and was one among the 64 art forms. Unlike other artists like a painter or actor etc., culinary artist has more complex role to play as he has to satisfy all the five senses of the recipient - eyes, ears, touch, smell and taste.

`Wherever we go we cannot forget our local tastes. Instead of the cuisines in star hotels, we used to love the street side tastes more. All that you have to do is bring out those tastes and brand them to introduce to present generations. No one in the world can compete with our chefs,” he underlined.

Venkaiah congratulated the State government for giving land to the Culinary Institute and was very much pleased over the way the building took a shape. He was also happy to inaugurate the coastal tourism circuits from the temple town. The Vice-President recalled that it was he who sanctioned Amaravati and Warangal heritage projects and included Srisailam under PRASAD scheme of Ministry of Tourism when he was the minister and said that Srisailam project will be completed by December end.

Union minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) KJ Alphons said that ICU at Tirupati would be the first in the country. AP Minster for Tourism Bhuma Akhilapriya Reddy requested the Vice President and Union Minister to expedite the sanction for Rayalaseema tourism circuit project for which DPR with Rs.100 crores was already submitted. 

The Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Prof TV Kattamani, Secretary of Department of Tourism, Government of India Rashmi Verma also spoke on the occasion. Minister for Industry N Amarnath Reddy, Collector PS Pradyumna and several other officials were present.


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