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Steps will be taken to promote tourism in Vizag: Chief secy

Visakhapatnam: All steps would be taken to promote the Port City as a prime tourist destination, AP chief secretary SP Tucker said, adding that the heritage structures across the city will be conserved after they are properly identified and notified.

The chief secretary was in the city on Friday to conduct a review meeting at the Vuda office regarding the promotion of IT and tourism sectors in the Vizag region. The meeting was attended by all the top officials of the district and city as well as those from the tourism and IT sector.

Regarding the results of the CII meet held in the city in January, the chief secretary said that over 180 companies have come forward to invest over Rs 2,20,000 crore in various sectors. He further pointed out that the state government has been urging industrialists and investors to adopt rural areas and villages in the backward regions of AP to help in promoting rural development.

He also urged the concerned officials to identify the requisite plots for developing an IT hub and added that the present requirement to provide impetus to growth was roughly 20 lakh square feet. He further pointed out that Vizag has 19,000 people employed in the IT industry and the aim is to push the number to 1 lakh. He further added that all the unused spaces in SEZs would be taken back from the companies. He urged the APIIC, ITSEZ and district authorities to identify such spaces and take over them so that they can be utilised properly. He further urged the representatives of IT firms and companies to send in their proposals at the earliest.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/