Mangalore, Aug 01: The Central government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for developing coastal tourism circuit in the State and five beaches in Dakshina Kannada district have been chosen for development at a cost of Rs 13.72 crore, said DK Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim chairing a meet concerned with the District Tourism Development Committee.
Surathkal, Someshwar, Ullal, Talapady and Sulthan Batteri are the beaches that have been selected under the project. The tourism potential of the beaches will be assessed on cleanliness, beautification, maintenance and land space of the five beaches, it is learnt.
Under the beach tourism package, various facilities like pedestrian seating, landscape walkway, lighting, life guards watch tower, garbage bins, parking and public convenience facilities, improving approach roads and other works will be taken up.
Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Tulasi Maddineni suggested developing Abbakka fort in Someshwar and ensuring that the tourists who come to Someshwar not only visit the beach, but also pay a visit to the temple and the fort.
Who gets what?
The Central government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for developing 23 beaches in the 3 coastal districts namely, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada. Accordingly, 5 beaches in DK, 6 beaches in Udupi and 12 beaches in Uttara Kannada district will be developed.
Out of Rs 13,72 crore sanctioned to Dakshina Kannada, Rs 3.33 crore has been reserved for developing Someshwar beach, Rs 1.89 crore for Ullal beach, Rs 2.36 crore for Surathkal, Rs 3.52 crore for Talapady and Rs 2.63 crore has been reserved for Sultan Batteri beach.