Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Convention centre near BIA planned

Convention centre near BIA planned
Bangalore, dhns:

On the role played by entrepreneurs in improving tourism facilities, the Principal Secretary said 1,600 acres of land have been given by 123 people from different parts of the State to the tourism department.

A huge ‘Bangalore Convention Centre’ and a ‘Mini Karnataka’ project will come up near the Bangaluru International Airport soon.

Taking part in a programme organised on Monday to announce a joint venture between Jet Airways and the ‘Golden Chariot’ of Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), the Principal Secretary of Tourism Department, N Jothiramalingam said, “A Convention Centre that will cost Rs 1,100 crores, will be set up on 35 acres of land.” Soma Consortium has been awarded the contract to complete the job within a 30-month deadline.
Tourism and Infrastructure Minister Janardhan Reddy said, a ‘Mini Karnataka’ would be created on a seven-acre land near the airport to showcase the tourist spots in the State.

“Miniature models of important tourist spots and maps will be displayed here,” he said.
Elaborating on other initiatives by the Tourism Department, Jothiramalingam said that seven acres of land at Agechur near Belur had been leased to Mahindra Holidays for development purposes. They are expected to pay Rs Four lakh each month to KSTDC after a period of 30 years.

On the role played by entrepreneurs in improving tourism facilities, the Principal Secretary said 1,600 acres of land have been given by 123 people from different parts of the State to the tourism department. “To develop structures on these spots, 93 investors have come forward,” he added.

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