BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Wednesday decided houseboat operation in Chilika Lake and Bhitarkanika National Park.
This was decided at the Tourism Advisory Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy.
Tourism secretary Vishal Dev Said “In the first phase, the houseboat operations would be started in Chilika and Bhitarkanika. The boats would be run by the private operators on operation and management basis. The surfing festival at Puri will be organized in a tie-up with the Surfing Federation of India and steps will be taken to make it an annual event. The roadshows on Odisha Tourism have been organized at Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bangalore, and Hyderabad,”
The major projects included development of Rambha tourism cluster, Kantilo cluster, Gandhi circuit, Sun City Konanark, Budhist circuit, Daringibadi complex, Samuka Beach, Konark marine drive eco-retreat, house boat operations in different places, surfing festival at Puri and DAK Bungalow trail in Odisha.