14 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today decided to go for a revised master plan for the Shamuka Beach Project, which is dubbed as India's largest tourism project at a single location, in the coastal town of Puri.
"The assignment we have given today is the revised master plan of Shamuka. The master plan is being revised because the last time we had prepared the plan and clearance we got last year about ten years have elapsed in between and several changes have taken place like sand dunes etc. which cannot be changed. And therefore the need for a revised master plan," informed Vishal K Dev, Commissioner-cum-secretary for Tourism soon after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy here today.
Dev said that at today's meeting the overall concept and product mix of the project was discussed.
The project will have a product mix of hotels, resorts, golf courses, villas, residential, aquarium, amusement park, etc., he added.
"First on the basis of today's discussion a draft master plan will be prepared after which a final master plan will be drawn up. So within the next three months, this process will be completed," the Commissioner-cum-secretary for Tourism informed.
He further informed that the project will be executed on an area of 920 acres which is more like a square, 2km by 2km.
"If we complete the master plan by April-May then execution will start. It will be developed over three phases of five years each. In the first phase, we will go to the market to check its appetite and then we will take a call," Dev clarified.
The land acquired by the State government for the project is near Sipasarubali village on the outskirts of Puri.
The State government has formed a company-Shamuka Tourism Development Corporation Limited — in partnership between Odisha Tourism Development Corporation and Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO).
The project has already received consent from Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Coastal Regulatory Zone Authority and Puri-Konark Development Authority, official sources said.
The Shamuka project had landed in trouble when trees were felled for the project in 2015, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had directed the government to stop felling and construction activities in ecologically sensitive areas.
Green activist Prafulla Samantara had moved NGT stating that the project was illegal as it had not got clearance as per Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) guideline and environment clearance under the Environment Protection Act 1986.