In a bid to boost tourism activities near water bodies, the state government has launched a new scheme with a total expenditure of Rs 50 crore for three years.
The Department of Water Resources has a large number of major and medium reservoirs and emblematic dams in the minor irrigation sector. The adjacent area of water bodies is always a place of attraction for the public due to its panoramic nature view and recreational opportunities.
Great dams are greater marvels of engineering; so they can be good places to learn like scientific knowledge and kind of technology used in dam construction through pleasure travel activities.
Therefore, the program has been resumed with a target of development and recreational activities near water bodies with an expenditure of Rs 50 crore for a period of three years from 2021-22 to 2023-24, said officials here on Friday.
While Rs 5 crore has been provisioned for the year 2021-22, Rs 27 crore has been allocated for the current financial year and Rs 18 crore for the upcoming financial year 2023-24. The fund will come from the state’s own resources, they said.
The main objective of the system is to develop recreational activities and picnic areas for the public near bodies of water.
In addition to recreational activities, activity center museums and interpretation centers on the proposed site will add value to the project and will be imposed on visitors by the project activity.
After basic development, some important tourist spots can be handed over to the tourism department for further development, adding additional amusement themes, and maintenance.
A Peripheral Development Committee for Reservoirs and Water Bodies at the District level will be formed under the chairmanship of the District Collector whose Chief (Project) Engineer will be the member secretary.
Chief Engineer (Dam Safety), District Tourism Officer and District Education Officer will be the committee members.
The Committee will decide which dams to undertake first in the respective district. These roadblocks will be taken first where good road connectivity exists and there are more footsteps.
The panel will also decide on milestones for sustainable maintenance and cleanliness of the area, entrance/parking/picnic fees, and operation and maintenance (O&M) activities.
The operation and maintenance will be undertaken jointly by the tourism department, the district administration and the ecological development committee.