Kendrapara, July 11 (LocalWire): Pentha beach in Rajnagar is to be developed to bring it under the state’s beach tourism map, collector of Kendrapara Samarth Sharma informed today.
“Pentha beach has great potential for development of tourism; it is a ten-kilometre long stretch of picture-perfect white beach offering views of the clear sea water, dotted with mangrove and casuarina forests,” said the collector.
It is a part of the Gahiramatha marine sanctuary, which is known to be the world’s largest rookery of sea turtles.
We shall take care while planning developmental activities so as to not affect the environment and wildlife of the area, he added.
Dhruba Sahoo, the MLA from Rajanagar said, “Considering the fact that the Puri and Gopalpur sea beaches are crowded round the year while the Pentha beach remains unexplored as a tourist destination, the state tourism department has planned to develop it.
Pentha will be developed as a beach resort to attract tourists. We have already chosen a piece of land nearby to build a guest house for the tourists.
The tourism department has also chalked out development plans for proper roads, huts and tents nearby to improve the infrastructure in the area.”
“Pentha beach remains very much off the radar of tourist operators.
With a little boost to the infrastructure and an awareness campaign amongst tourism operators, this location, situated ideally on the Kendrapara-Rajnagar route, could become a stop-over for tourists who visit Bhitarkanika National Park,” said Mahendra Sahoo, a tour operator of Kendrapara.