Kakinada Hope Island in Andhra Pradesh being developed as a coastal and eco-tourism circuit
The Ministry of Tourism, under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme provides Central Financial Assistance to State Governments/Union Territory (UT) Administrations for development of thematic tourist circuits in the country, with the objective of improving connectivity and infrastructure of tourism destinations to enrich overall tourist experience, enhance livelihood, generate employment opportunities and to attract domestic as well as foreign tourists to the destinations.
The projects for development are identified in consultation with the State Governments/UT Administrations and are sanctioned subject to the submission of project proposals, their adherence to relevant scheme guidelines, submission of suitably detailed project reports, availability of funds and utilisation of funds released earlier.
The components sanctioned under the projects include Buddhist cultural centre, waterfront promenade, SEL/Laser shows, water fountain, approach roads, tourist facilitation/reception/interpretation/amenities centres, seating plazas and lounges, solar lighting, jetties, information signages, illumination, CCTV surveillance equipment and Wi-Fi facilities, etc. among other basic tourist amenities like drinking water kiosks, public conveniences, etc.
All the above projects are at various stages of implementation/completion. The project ‘Development of Kakinada Hope Island Konaseema as World Class Coastal and Eco-Tourism Circuit’ sanctioned in the year 2014-15 has attained physical completion and the last instalment of funds will be released after monitoring operation and maintenance of the site for one year.