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http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-12-17/mangalore/30528437_1_tourism-projects-eco-tourism-mega-circuits

17 December 2011

MANGALORE:
Tourism in coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi is all set to receive a mega boost with Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai giving his nod for inclusion of the districts under his ministry's mega circuit.

The ministry will act on a proposal from the state government, Sahai said, adding that this would be among the many mega circuits that his ministry has planned for South India to promote tourism in the peninsula.

Sahai, taking part in a stake holders meet on holistic development of tourism in coastal region here on Saturday said the proposed mega circuits may be developed on public-private partnership mode and will be helpful in providing last mile connectivity to places of tourism importance in the districts. "The ministry will provide Rs 50 crore each for development of tourism related infrastructure in the places chosen for the mega circuits," he said.

The ministry will also meet the consultation charges for preparation of detailed project report and it is left to respective state governments to prioritise their needs as far as tapping latent tourism potential in their areas. The ministry will also extend all help that the state needs in projecting brand Karnataka on lines with similar campaigns undertaken by states such as Kerala, he said adding branding plays an important role in promotion of tourism.

Referring to projects sanctioned for tourism in Karnataka during the 10th Five Year Plan, Anand Kumar, joint secretary of the ministry said a sum of Rs 97.80 crore has been released since 2007-08 against sanctioned amount of Rs118.69 crore. This includes Rs 3.52 crore released from development of eco-tourism resort in Khanapur forest in Belgaum, and Rs 3.35 crore for a similar project at Pilikula Nisargadhama at Vamanjoor near here in 2010-11. Likewise, the ministry is following up on various tourism projects in the state with the department of tourism, government of Karnataka. This includes internal development in and around Shimoga and Agumbe; Chikballapur; Pattadakal, Badami and Aihole; Almatti; Vani Vilas dam in Chitradurga, setting up a base station at Hampi, development of infrastructure at Gaganachukki, Magadi Fort, Apsara Konda falls, and wayside facilities at Sringeri, Bellary.