Bhubaneswar, Oct 14 (LocalWire): The ambitious Shamuka beach tourism project near the temple town of Puri is finally poised for takeoff after being conceived over two decades ago.
The project conceived in 1996 failed to progress due to several factors.
There was clearance hurdle from concerned authorities and it also faced resistance from the locals over land acquisition.
Decks have now been cleared for the project. Around 972 acres of land required for the project has now been acquired.
It will be a world class project and attract rich and affluent tourists, said Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy while reviewing the progress of the project here today.
The components of the mega project includes among other things luxury hotels, golf courses and golf villas, residential condominiums, hospitality institute, high street bazaar and crafts village.
The revised master plan of the project is being readied within four months.
The Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation has been asked to construct the boundary wall along the acquired land. As it will be a shore-based project, the construction work will ensure salinity resistance, he said.
The project has already received clearance from the State Pollution Control Board, Coastal Zone Management Authority and Puri-Konarak Development Authority.
The state government constituted a joint venture company, Shamuka Tourism Development Corporation Limited, to implement the ambitious project in public-private partnership mode, said tourism secretary, Vishal Kumar Dev.
The project once completed will provide major impetus to Odisha’s tourism sector and Puri will turn into a major hub of international tourists.
As the Puri beach is overcrowded with scores of domestic tourists visiting it every day, international tourists shy away from Puri, preferring privacy of beaches in Goa.
The Shamuka project will attract overseas tourists mainly from European countries and the US, he said.