14 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Monday instructed to make the proposed 'Shamuka' project on the Puri coast a world class tourism project.
While chairing a review meeting in this regard at the Lok Seva Bhawan here, Tripathy said 972 acres of land has already been acquired for the project and directed the Industrial Development Corporation (IDCO) to start construction of boundary wall of the project at the earliest.
As the project will be along the coast he has instructed to make the boundary salt corrosion-proof. IDCO has been asked to prepare a blue print of the project to attract high-end tourists to the State.
Addressing mediapersons after the meeting, Tourism Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev informed that a joint venture company in the name of ‘Shamuka Tourism Development Corporation’ has been formed with the partnership of IDCO and Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC).
Clearance from the Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Coastal Region Zonal Management Authority and Puri Konark Development Authority has been obtained for the project.
He further said that some changes need to be made in the original master plan keeping in view the changing natural environment. As now sand bars are being created on the coast, some internal changes would be made in the master plan without doing any harm to the sand bars.
Art and culture centres, museums, luxury hotels, gold course, villa, residential apartments, street bazaar and guest houses would be developed in the area under the project which would also have open space and park. Various parts of the project would be developed as per the demand. The revised master plan would be completed within four months, added Dev.