Chalk out plan to develop craft village at Mannapalla: Udupi DC

 Chalk out plan to develop craft village at Mannapalla: Udupi DC
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Udupi, Sept 04, 2022: Deputy Commissioner Kurma Rao M has mooted the idea of setting up a craft village at Mannapalla in Manipal. 

During the district tourism development committee meeting held at DC’s office, Kurma Rao directed the tourism department officials to check the possibilities of developing Mannapalla as a tourist destination. 

The DC asked the officials to review the possibility of developing a craft village along the lines of Delhi Haat through programs such as a weekly market, food fair, and handicrafts exhibition at Mannapalla so that tourism activities can attract more tourists. 

Instructing them to organize training workshops on eco-tourism in selected villages of the district, the DC asked the Forest Department and Tourism Departments to jointly inspect and select trekking routes that will benefit the tourists to develop tourism through trekking in the forests of the district.

Discussions were held on the construction of a cycle circuit at Padubidre beach and a cycle track from Kodi Beach to Kodithale Delta Point and infrastructure development works near Kundapura Kodi Sea Walk and also about link from Kundapur Sea Walk to Gangolli Sea Walk.  

At present, the district is receiving a no-objection certificate for a homestay license from the Superintendent of Police and since there is a delay in the process, there was a discussion on getting it from the circle inspector of police in the concerned jurisdiction.  

The survey work for the construction of a ferry jetty near St. Mary’s Island at a cost of Rs 420 lakh has already been completed and the work of obtaining a no-objection certificate from CRZ is in progress. Rs 250 lakh has already been released for taking up infrastructure works at a cost of Rs 1000 lakh on Trasi Maravanthe beach. Rs 300 lakh has been released out of Rs 1,500 crore for the development of Paduvari Someshwara beach. DPR has been prepared for all these works and the development work of Parshuram Theme Park, which is being constructed at a cost of Rs 200 lakh at Umikal Kunjabetta in Karkala, is in progress Tourism Department Assistant Director Clifford Lobo said. 

Zilla Panchayat CEO Prasanna H, implementing officers of various departments, heads of various tourism organizations in the district, and others were present at the meeting.

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