In a bid to boost beach tourism in the state, the Odisha government has decided to upgrade facilities at Talasari and Udaypur seashores in Balasore district, official sources said today.
“A consultant will be appointed soon to prepare blueprint for development of these two sea beaches,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who presided over a high-level meeting to promote tourism yesterday, said.
He also directed the tourism department to prepare a composite plan detailing the required tourism infrastructure such as construction of hotels, improved road connectivity, proper lighting and other allied facilities in the two beaches to turn them into major tourist destinations.
Though the state has a 480-km coastline only two beaches – Puri and Gopalpur – attract tourists, while a good number of places with equal potential do not feature in visitors’ itinerary.
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