Berhampur, Feb 22 (Localwire): The Ganjam district is set get a tourism boost with the state government planning to spend over Rs4 crore on various infrastructure projects.
While 10 sites have been identified for development, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has laid the foundation stones for the projects during his recent visit to Ganjam.
The projects include development of Borei hill (Rs1.1 crore), boundary wall for Kreisuni temple (Rs30 lakh), development of Chandrakalpeswar peeth, (Rs50 lakh) and Chandrakalpeswar peeth (Rs30 lakh), development of infrastructure at Panchama (Rs30 lakh) and a tourist complex at Antarapada (Rs30 lakh).
The government has also sanctioned Rs50 lakh for infrastructure projects at Kandhuni Devi, Rs50 lakh for Khuteswari, Rs50 lakh for Ujaleswara and Rs20 lakh for Ramchandi at Aliabad.
Ganjam district tourist officer Sanatan Nayak said the projects will be executed by the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC). He said the decision to develop the infrastructure was taken in view of the increasing tourist footfalls in the district.
One of the tourist sites Panchama is famous for an old Ganesh temple that sees heavy crowd during festivals. Lord Siva temples also see large crowd during Sivaratri and every Monday of Kartika.
Nayak said the tourist infrastructure at Karanjai hill, near Aska, has already been developed with an investment of Rs37.50 lakh. CM Patnaik had inaugurated it during his visit to the district on January 27.
The Karanjai temple located on the Pakidi hill, about 40 km from here, is a well-known picnic spot. Many people visit the picturesque site for picnic.