Hyderabad | Andhra Pradesh Government will form a Special Police Force for safety and security of tourists in the State.
In a review meeting to finalize the states Tourism Policy here last night, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was informed a Special Police force will be formed for safety and security of tourists in the state.
Secretary (Tourism and Culture) Neerab Kumar informed the Chief Minister there would be special police stations for tourists apart from a 24X7 call centre and a guidance centre for tourists.
In India, Goa and Kerala are the only states that have a special police force for tourists.
The Chief Minister also asked the department to explore whether one ticket for multi-modal transportation for a tourist could be feasible in the state.
Mr Kumar informed the Chief Minister that the department plans to attract Rs 10,000 crore worth investments in the next 5 years.
The Chief Minister said tourism projects will be treated as industrial projects and single-window clearances granted to them within 21 days.
The Chief Minister asked the department to explore a policy where special power tariff would be levied for tourism projects, clarifying that they will not be charged commercial rates.
Suggesting the department to focus on attracting international tourists, the Chief Minister told officials to get tourist operators on board and work with them.
Explaining the theme behind Sunrise Andhra Pradeshs tourism sector should be water (and marine life), the Chief Minister asked the department officials to promote the sector through a brand ambassador.
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