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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Asks Centre to Include Two Tourist Places of Odisha in List of Iconic Tourism Sites

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-07-11

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday requested the Centre for the inclusion of at least two tourist places of Odisha in the Centre’s list of Iconic Tourism Sites.

 

Earlier this week, the reference to the development of 17 iconic tourism sites across the country in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Budget speech had garnered strong criticism from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), as no monument from Odisha had made it to the list.

 

In the letter addressed to the Union Minister of State for Tourism Prahalad Singh Patel, the Odisha CM said that the omission of Odisha’s heritage sites from the list of 17 Iconic Tourism Sites referred to in the Budget 2019-20 has come as a surprise to the State.

 

“Tourism sector contributes about 13% to the state’s GDP and needs a strategic boost. Keeping in view the importance of the tourism sector for the state of Odisha, it is requested that the Government of India may consider inclusion of at least two tourist places of importance in the list of Iconic Tourism Sites,” Naveen further mentioned in the letter.

 

Naveen proposed two of these sites – Konark Sun Temple, Chilika Lake, Bhitarkanika National Park, Simlipal National Park and Diamond Triangle Buddhist Circuit – to be included in the list.

 

He further said that people of Odisha welcome the inclusion of Mahendragiri Peak in Gajapati district, Odisha’s second highest peak after Deomali Hill, as one among fifteen thematic destinations to be developed under the Swadesh Darshan scheme for the ‘Ramayana Circuit’.



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