“Tourism Boating Control Center” a part of the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), is going to be inaugurated tomorrow (19.06.2020) at Rushikonda by the Chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.
The Chief minister is going inaugurate the center from his camp office in Tadaepalli through video conference.
The state of Andhra Pradesh flourishes with two main rivers and many streams, lakes and other water bodies, and these natural resources are ideal for tourist activities and water sports. The Papikonda hills, Srisailam, Nagarjuna dams and Bhavani Dweepam of Vijayawada are suitable for tourism and boating activities. Other boating sites such as Rushikonda, Rajahmundry and others are already the ideal centers for providing the tourists with the jolly ride service.
Despite the fact that boating is one of the main attractions of the state tourism, there was no control board or measures to keep a check on the standards of the boats being used for the activities. “In last three years this caused 5 boating accidents” stated a press note.
The government of Andhra Pradesh constituted a committee for research and investigation into the recent accident of the private boat “Royal Vasista Punami’” that took place in Kalchuru in Godavari river and the safety measures and precautions of the tourist boats. According to the recommendations of this committee, the government has passed NOC on the water sport crafts and water sport activities and other safety measures in the G.O.RT. NO.10 on 17.01.2020.
As a part of the committee’s recommendations, boating control rooms are going to be set up at various tourist locations across the state.
Inputs from Kavya Sarvasiddi