Odisha government has decided to implement a master plan for making the lagoon as a world-class tourist destination.
The state government has already assigned an agency for preparing the master plan. The final report of the plan would be presented to the government within four weeks, said chief conservator of forest Ajit Kumar Patnaik.
A high-level meeting, chaired by chief secretary A.P. Padhi, held a discussion on the master plan and the proposed projects to develop the infrastructure of Chilika, the country’s largest brackish water lagoon. Patnaik said a report had been prepared by the IPI Global Consultancy on basic tourism development of Chilika.
The draft report proposing the development of three tourist zones – Rambha, Mangalajodi and Satapada – and programmes based on world tourism was tabled at the meeting.
Padhi said the Chilika authorities to incorporate the local people, environment and the boatmen dependant on the lake for livelihood into the master plan. The Chilika lake, spread over three districts such as Puri, Khurda and Ganjam, covers an area of over 1,100sqkm.
Source – telegraphindia.com