Sunday , December 11 2016

Beach Tourism Hit by Coastal Regulation Zone Norms in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) officials said it was not so easy to get CRZ clearance from Union government as environmentalists, fishermen & a few others have been opposing these tourism projects.

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People relax on chairs with umbrellas which were set up for the visitors on the sands of Ramakrishna Beach in Visakhapatnam.

Rules scaring away potential investors despite beauty.

Visakhapatnam: Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules have hit hard beachfront tourism projects in Andhra Pradesh, with most of the investors not showing much interest in the coastal areas of Vizag, East Godavari, West Godavari, Nellore & Srikakulam, despite the beautiful and the potential coastline.

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) officials said it was not so easy to get CRZ clearance from Union government as environmentalists, fishermen & a few others have been opposing these tourism projects.

AP government had planned several projects, including the  leisure tourism, water sports, lighthouse tourism & few others with investments worth `15,000 to Rs 20,000 crore under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode to promote a beach tourism in the state along the 974-km coastline from the Tada (Nellore district) to Ich-hapuram (Srikakulam district) in a big way.

During an investors’ meeting in the Vizag, there was a vast recommendation by the delegates from Mumbai, New Delhi & also a few other areas in the country to relax CRZ norms and to create an investor-friendly atmosphere to inaugurate the beach tourism projects.

“Although some investors have keen interest to invest in the Vizag region due to its picturesque beaches surrounded by the greenery hills, they hesitate due to the current CRZ rules,” said the director of AP Chamber of Commerce & Industry Federation M.V.N. Rao.

“As many as 33 investors from various parts of India, particularly from New Delhi & Mumbai attended the meeting and the evinced interest, mostly in the hotel sector along a coastal line. Though, the flip side of the meeting was the investors was made a strong pitch for relaxation of CRZ rules. We would put all the efforts to impress on the Union government the need to relax rules relating to CRZ in order to give the fillip to beach front tourism along AP coastline,” said APTDC executive director R.S. Naidu.

“The current CRZ rules make it difficult to promote beach tourism & this has affected tourism activities in the state. Whenever an investor shows the interest in beach tourism projects, environmental groups & social activists vehemently oppose the moves to dilute CRZ restrictions,” said an APTDC senior officer on condition of anonymity.

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