Tourism minister, RK Roja, along with Araku MP, G Madhavi, and Paderu MLA, K Bhagyalakshmi perform the Dhimsa dance with tribal-folk at the inauguration of the Haritha Hill Resorts by AP Tourism at Lambasingi in ASR District on Sunday. (Photo: By arrangement)
Visakhapatnam: Tourism minister R.K. Roja inaugurated the Haritha Hill Resort, which comprised eight cottages, at Lambasingi under Chintapalli mandal about 100 km from Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
Local MP Goddeti Madhavi, MLA K. Bhagyalakshmi, MLC Varudu Kalyani, and APTDC chairman Varaprasad Reddy were present on the occasion. The eight cottages were built at a cost of Rs 3 crore. With the existing four cottages, 12 cottages would accommodate the tourists.
The newly inaugurated Haritha Hill Resorts by AP Tourism at Lambasingi in ASR district. (Photo: By arrangement)
Speaking on the occasion, Roja said that Visakhapatnam would be not only the administrative capital but also the tourist capital, as the city was surrounded by picturesque hills and waterfalls in ASR district.
"As an actor, I came to Lambasingi in 1991 to shoot Chemanti, and now it gives me immense pleasure to visit the same spot as a minister," Roja told the reporters.
She said that the tourist spots would be refurbished with an amount of Rs 100 to Rs 150 crore under the Swadeshi Darshan scheme, and an amount of Rs 54 crore had been sanctioned for the development of Simhachalam Temple under the PRASAD scheme.
In addition to this, CM Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has given the green signal to develop important tourist sites in the state under a public-private partnership.
She said that around 9.5 crore tourists visited Andhra Pradesh this year, and the state stood in third place in footfall after Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
"The tourist footfall is increasing every day, and with the added infrastructure, more people will be visiting the state in the ensuing years," she added.