Haritha Resorts offers approach to 5-star lodge

Visakhapatnam: The one-and-a-half decade previous Andhra Pradesh Tourism Improvement Company’s (APTDC) Haritha Resorts is now in shambles as it’s all set to get replaced with a five-star lodge.

Following the continuing train of demolition of the seashore resorts amid resistance from the opposition and cross-section of society, the as soon as sought-after resorts, situated at Rushikonda Hills, was a particular attraction among the many vacationers due to its seashore view and numerous different options.

In all probability, it was one of many primary the explanation why the occupancy indicated an encouraging response all via the yr.

The 57-room facility of the seashore resorts includes a convention corridor and a restaurant as nicely. Whereas among the previous cottages have been constructed within the 80s, the remaining got here into existence a lot later.

On a median, about Rs 25 crore income was generated from the seashore resorts yearly. Nonetheless, because the premises is near the seashore, upkeep price seems to be excessive. Final yr, 22 rooms have been renovated at a price of Rs2 crore. This aside, the restaurant and convention corridor have been developed just a few years again.

When cyclonic storm Hudhud left a path of destruction, lakhs of rupees have been spent on the seashore resorts for its restore and upkeep. Over time, when issues have been progressively falling in place, the coronavirus pandemic has hit the enterprise as soon as once more.

Lockdowns, journey restrictions and the collapse of the tourism sector have ultimately impacted the income era of the seashore resorts.

In the meantime, as part of the tourism growth within the State, the federal government is specializing in establishing 5 and seven-star motels throughout the state.

In reference to this, Tourism Minister M Srinivasa Rao hinted a lot earlier {that a} proposal is made to arrange a five-star lodge on the seashore resorts and {that a} venture near Rs150 crore is prone to be grounded rather than APTDC’s resort.

Nonetheless, the demolition train just isn’t happening nicely amongst numerous sections of society. The Opposition leaders really feel that within the title of growth, the federal government needn’t demolish the prevailing resorts.

The TDP and the Jana Sena leaders allege that there was an ulterior motive behind the demolition of the resort. They are saying that there’s 150 acres of land abutting the resorts and five-star lodge may have been constructed there. They additional stated that public opinion was additionally not sought.

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