: The Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to promote a tourism circuit for tribal areas and is launching various infrastructure projects at Borra Caves, Tyda, Ananthagiri and Araku, Labour Minister K. Atchan Naidu informed the Assembly on Thursday.
Replying to a question by V. Kalavathi (YSRC) and others, he said the Tourism Mission of AP envisages tourism as a socio-economic tool to create better infrastructure as well as provide employment to the local people. Tribal areas were unique and offer great potential to promote tourism as well as benefit locals.
He said ITDA project officers have been asked to identify areas with potential for tourism development. Listing out some of the projects, he said adventure sports was coming up at Araku, while an eco-tourism project was sanctioned at Rampachodavaram. He said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu sanctioned Rs.14 crore taking up tourism projects at Lambasingi where the temperature dips to zero deg C during winter.
All jobs were being given to local youth in tribal areas and a skill development centre was also set up to impart training to them at Araku.
Responding to the demand of the Leader of the Opposition Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy to set up Tribal Advisory Committee, Mr. Atchan Naidu said the matter was under process and the committee would be constituted soon.
Replying to another question by Chintala Ramchandra Reddy (YSR Congress) and others, Rural Development Minister Kimidi Mrinalani said that an amount of Rs.1,496 crore was sanctioned to lay 50.609 bore wells in command and non-command areas of seven backward districts, except Anantapuram and 73,740 bore wells in command areas of the remaining districts.
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