Odisha Govt to develop Boating facility in 100 spots

Bhubaneswar: With ecotourism of Odisha emerging as a best practice, Government has brought to focus the boating facilities in different water tracks of the State as a fillip to the sector in post-Covid days. This was discussed in a high level meeting held on digital mode under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra on Friday. Principal Secretary Tourism Vishal Kumar Dev outlined boating prospects and associated matters for discussion.Considering boating and water sports potential of State, the Chief Secretary directed Departments of Forest and Environment, Water Resources and Tourism to identify around 100 spots through joint verification for starting boating facilities. The departments were asked to finalise list in a month. Mahapatra also directed to set floating jetties and boats in quick sessions and start activities by December. He said, “Proper choice of the location and their popularisation will attract private investment to sector soon and that will take the State’s ecotourism to next higher level.”