Balasore, Feb 10 (LocalWire): Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy and 5T Secretary VK Pandian on Monday visited the Udaypur-Talasari sea beach of the Bay of Bengal and reviewed the progress of various ongoing projects associated with tourism in the state.
The Talasari-Udaypur tourist site lies beside the shrine of Shiva Temples at Chandaneswar and Bhubaneswar.
Despite that, the tourist spot at Udaypur-Talasari has been neglected since long owing to the lack of proper governmental interference.
Despite multiple clean-up drives undertaken by the concerned citizens and the enforcement of plastic ban, the problem of waste management continues to afflict the beach sites which has become a reason behind the deaths of many aquatic animals.
Security and drinking water problems also persist. The previous year, a college girl was stripped and molested by a group of youths.
In 2015, the State Government had constituted a development authority to put in place the basic amenities to attract more tourists to the beach.
Sources informed LocalWire that the authority, which covers more than 36 villages near Talasari, is yet to prepare a masterplan for the development of the area.
In January 2019, the Chief Minister had laid the foundation stone for a resting hall at Chandaneswar to be constructed at a cost of Rs 2.20 crore. However, the structure is yet to be completed.
Even as the state government continues to neglect the Udaypur-Talasari Beach, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 13 December 2019 flagged off a business conclave at the bordering sea town of Digha as a part of her plans to transform the area into a tourist hotspot.
Edited by Meenal Singh