Bhubaneswar, Feb 24: In a bid to promote beach tourism in the state, Odisha government has decided to develop Talsari beach in Balasore with Udayapur-Talasari- Chandanwswar-Bichirtapur-Bhusandeswar tourist circuit.
The proposal in this regard got a positive response at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary A P Padhi here yesterday, a tourism official said.
Considering tourism potential of the spots, the Chief Secretary advised the tourism department to prepare a detail proposal with financial outlay for approval of the government.
The Balasore District Collector and Divisional Forest Officer, Balasore participating in the meeting over video conference, were asked to identify around 50 acre of land for development of the project and take other preliminary steps.
Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan suggested formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation and maintenance of the project.
Talsari beach with its calm ambience, unique receding waters and tropical weather has considerable potential, Bhograi MLA Das said.
Currently, thousands of day visitors mainly from Digha are visiting Talsari, Udaypur and Bichitrapur. According to an official estimate, day visitors to Talasari were around 1,46,704 in 2012 which increased to 1,93,789 in 2014.