Ganjam: The Tampara lake in Ganjam district is gearing up to attract tourists once again. The tourists can once again enjoy the boating facilities in the lake. The state government is taking steps to revive the tourist spot which was devastated by cyclone Phailin. In this regard, the government has sanctioned Rs 1.42 crores. The State Tourism minister laid the foundation stone of the project and said that in the coming days more steps will be taken for the development of the lake.
In the first nine months of the tender floatation, jetty, toilet, rest house, lobby and dining hall will be constructed. In the next phase, boating facilities will be launched informed executive engineer P.K Panda.
The notably the 18-km-long and 2.5-km-wide sweet water Tampara lake is a major tourist attraction. It is one of the most famous of the 22 tourist spots in the district. In the year 2006, the lake was accorded the tourist spot status.
The Tampara lake is situated near Chatrapur on the Berhampur-Bhubaneswar NH-5. Just 200-mts away on the right hand side of the NH-5, one can see the lake after crossing the cashew jungle. After the lake got the tourism spot status, the district administration and the tourism department opened a boat club. The boat club was launched with 8 pedal boats and 2 water scooters. The boat club became one of the major attractions for the tourists. Not only tourists but the Army AD college nearby also used the lake and its boat club for training.
However, the boat club was completely devastated by the cyclone Phailin. Keeping its popularity in mind the State government has one again undertaken infrastructure development here. Panda informed that in future provisions will be made for many water sports including rowing and surfing.
Chatrapur MP Sidhant Mohapatra and MLA Dr Priyanshu Pradhan said that apart from being one of the most attractive tourist destinations it will bring development for the area.