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Regional tourism circuit project moves forward

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Focus on infrastructure:Hyderabad Karnataka Area Development Board secretary Shalini Rajneesh Goel presiding over a meeting to discuss the project in Gulbarga on Saturday.

GULBARGA: The Hyderabad Karnataka Area Development Board (HKADB) has set in motion work on preparing a report for a Rs. 50-crore project to boost tourism along the Gulbarga-Bidar-Bijapur circuit.

Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay, during his visit to Gulbarga in April, had sanctioned Rs. 50 crore towards creating a tourism circuit across Gulbarga, Bidar and Bijapur. The funds should be used to improve tourist facilities at the historic sites in these three districts, including the famous Gol Gumbuz in Bijapur.

On Saturday, Secretary of the HKADB Shalini Rajneesh Goel chaired a meeting to discuss the modalities for preparing the project report. Officials of the Tourism Department, historians and consultant Sanjoe Shetty of the firm R.C. Architecture from Bangalore participated in the meeting.

They decided that Mr. Shetty would visit all the important tourist sites in the three districts over a week, identify their infrastructure needs and submit his report. Mr. Shetty could be reached on his mobile (9900107091) for suggestions on improving tourist facilities.

The experts who spoke at the meeting suggested that approach roads to these historic sites should be upgraded, and signage put up. They said visiting tourists should be provided affordable lodging and the Government should come out with booklets in different languages about the relevance of the monuments. They also suggested the setting up of tourist interpretation centres, adventure sports facilities and museums. Dr. Goel said the NEKRTC should start a special bus service for tourists visiting monuments in Gulbarga.

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