-    A sum of Rs 100 crore will be spent on developing infrastructure facilities at tourist spots in and around Rajamahendravaram
-    Chief Minister through 'Akhanda Godavari Project' aims to transform Rajamahendravaram into a tourist centre and a cultural hub
-    The State government is keen to develop each island in Godavari area as a tourist spot under the project
-    Project special officer Bhima Sankaram says the State government is putting more thrust on tourism promotion

Rajamahendravaram: The Akhanda Godavari Project taken up by the State government is taking concrete shape. JLL Consultancy would submit a comprehensive report within 15 days, following which, a master plan would be prepared. As part of tourism development, illumination of road-cum-rail bridge has already been completed and two beautiful punts have been constructed to conduct Nithya Harathi for Godavari.

As part of Akhanda Godavari Project, Pichuka Lanka, an island which is spread over 43 acres on river Godavari would be developed. Pichuka Lanka, which lies below 15 mts would be elevated at a cost of Rs 10 crore. Kethavani Lanka and Godi Lanka, an island near Pasarlapudi in Konaseema would also be developed under this project. Two viewpoints have already been set up in Agency area.
Heli-tourism is also being planned from Kethavani Lanka to Papikondalu to boost tourism in the region. As part of the project, beautification of heritage monuments and Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage would also be taken up. A kiosk would be set up at Rajamahendravaram Airport to explain about the tourist spots and transportation facilities. Cab services and boat operations to Papikondalu would also be enhanced. 

Speaking to The Hans India, Akhanda Godavari special officer Bhima Sankaram said under Akhanda Godavari Project, the banks of the Godavari at Rajamahendravaram, island villages in the river, Havelock Bridge across the Godavari, nurseries at Kadiyam and ancient temples would be given a facelift, besides constructing resorts and arranging facilities like river cruise for the domestic and international tourists. He said that a sum of Rs 100 crore would be spent on developing infrastructure facilities at tourist spots in and around Rajamahendravaram and the funds were already sanctioned by the government. He said under the project, a tourism circuit and infrastructure projects like convention centre and a five-star hotel and construction of a TTD temple in Rajamahendravaram would be taken up.

He said amusement parks and adventure sports facilities in the backwaters of the Godavari in Konaseema, picnic spots in the Godavari river islands would be taken up. He said Swadesh Darshan Scheme funds would also be used to develop Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Antarvedi and several other points in the Godavari estuary, Dindi Resorts, Odalarevu, Chira Yanam and other beach resorts. A daily laser show would be added to the Godavari Nithya Harathi on the banks of the Godavari in Rajahmundry, he added.

Samson Raj