Bhubaneswar, 23rd Feb: Talsari Beach of Balasore along with Udayapur-Talasari-Chandanwswar-Bichirtapur-Bhusandeswar tourist circuit will be developed as a beach tourism destination. The proposal for this has been discussed in a high level meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi in Secretariat conference hall today.
MLA Bhogarai and Govt Chief Whip Sri Ananta Das outlined the necessity and justification of a special project for the circuit. Principal Secretary Tourism Sri Gagan Dhal presented the updates for discussion. Considering tourism potential of the spots, Chief Secretary Sri Padhi advised the department of tourism to prepare a detail project proposal with financial outlay for approval of Govt.
Chief Secretary also asked the Collector, Balasore and Divisional Forest Officer, Balasore participating in the meeting over video conference to identify around 50 acers of land for development of the project and initiate other preliminary steps.
The Development Commissioner Sri R. Balakrishnan, participating in the discussion advised to form a SPV for implementation and maintenance of the project.
Talsari beach with its calm ambiance, unique receding waters and tropical weather has the potential of a sought after beach destination in the country. Currently, thousands of day visitors mainly from Digha are visiting Talsari, Udaypur & Bichitrapur.
An estimate shows that day visitors to Talasari were around 146704 in 2012 which increased to 193789 in 2014. The infrastructural works like development of Pathway, Illumination, Water Sports facilities, a foot over bridge 300 mt long over the creek to connect the main land to Subarna Beach, renovation of fishery jetty, Tourist Reception Centre & Public Convenience, Food Court & cafeteria, Change Room with Cloak Room, Foot over bridge, Amphitheatre, Parking, Landscape, Beach furniture, Site Development and Solid Waste Management etc have been proposed for development of the project. The initial investment for infrastructure development of the circuit has been estimated at Rs.4302 cr.
Principal Secretary Forest & Environment Sri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary water Resources Sri Pradeep Kumar Jena, Secretary H& UD Sri G.Mathivathnan, Secretary works Sri N.K. Paradhan, MD GRIDCO Sri H. K. Shrama along with senior officers of respective departments participated in the review.