Andhra Pradesh is opening Again for tourists. The state government is all set to open all tourist spots in Andhra Pradesh for visitors from August 1 onward. Making the announcement on Tuesday, AP tourism minister Muttamsetti Srinivas Rao said that they would be taking all necessary precautions as mandated by the central government while allowing tourists to the state again after COVID-19.
After conducting a review meeting with the officials, Rao said that the tourism department had faced around Rs 60 crore in losses during the lockdown period.
“Around Rs, 10 crores per month was being lost every month during the entire COVID pandemic,” Rao said addressing the media. Justifying the move to allow tourists, Rao pointed to the neighbouring state of Telangana which is already allowing visitors. The minister announced that the state would soon have a five-star and a seven-star hotel under private-public partnership (PPP) mode. Officials are currently doing all the necessary repair works across various tourist destinations before August 1. On the other hand, the minister also disclosed that a new district would be created in Visakhapatnam, which would be named after the revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Seetarama Raju.
As Andhra Pradesh is opening Again for tourists, Rao also justified the move of decentralizing the capital and shifting the executive to Vizag stating that it would aid in all-round development. He also alleged that TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu was working for the benefit of only a certain section of the state. “We are running the administration without discrimination and corruption; Jagan wants to set up three capitals with the intention of preventing re-establishment movements after ten years,” Rao added.
Source: Times of India