Odisha govt to develop Talsari as beach tourism destination

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to develop Talsari beach in Balsore along with Udayapur-Talasari-Chandaneswar-Bichirtapur-Bhusandeswar tourist circuit as a beach tourism destination.

The initial investment for infrastructure development of the circuit has been estimated at Rs 4302 crore.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting presided over by chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the State Secretariat here today.

While Bhogarai MLA and government chief whip Ananta Das outlined the need and justification for a special project to develop the circuit, principal secretary, Tourism, Gagan Dhal presented the updates for discussion.

Considering is tourism potential, the chief secretary asked the Tourism department to prepare a detail project proposal (DPR) with financial outlay for approval.

He also asked the Balasore collector and Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) to identify around 50 acres of land for development of the project and initiate other preliminary steps.

Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan suggested formation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for implementation and maintenance of the project.

With its calm ambience, unique receding waters and tropical weather, Talsari has the potential to be developed as a sought after beach destination in the country.

Currently, thousands of visitors, mainly from Digha, are visiting Talsari, Udaypur and Bichitrapur every day.

An estimate shows that the number of visitors to Talasari has gone up from around 146704 in 2012 to 193789 in 2014.

Infrastructure works like development of pathway, illumination, water sports facilities, a foot over bridge over the creek to connect the main land to Subarna Beach, renovation of fishery jetty, tourist reception centre and public conveniences, food court and cafeteria, change room with cloak room, amphitheatre, parking, landscape, beach furniture, site development and solid waste management have been proposed for development of the project.