Chief Minister inaugurates three-day Kakinada Beach Festival
January 11, 2013 - Kakinada
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy inaugurated the three-day Kakinada Beach Festival along with Union Ministers K Chiranjeevi and MM Pallam Raju. Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said that the Kakinada Beach would be developed on par with the RK Beach in Visakhapatnam. He said that the State is gearing up to become the host for several international events. Citing the success of the 19-day international conference on biodiversity in Hyderabad, he said that the State is now gearing up to host the World Agricultural Congress in October at Hyderabad. The Chief Minister promised to allocate 30 to 40 acres of land to develop a beach park at Kakinada.
Union Minister of State for Tourism K Chiranjeevi said that the government is spending Rs. 15 lakh for the three-day festival and added that Rs. 50 lakh had been donated by corporate sector for the festival. The government would develop a temple circuit at an outlay of Rs. 7.8 crore connecting the age-old temples in the vicinity. Chiranjeevi compared the Vakalapudi beach with the beaches in Goa, Chennai and Puri and said that all it needs is infrastructure to attract tourists from outside. He said that the beach park would assist in hosting the beach festival annually.
Several stalls showcasing various initiatives of the government, artisan and food stalls were set up. State tourism minister Vatti Vasanth Kumar, MLAs Dharmana Prasada Rao, K Kanna Babu and other Congress leaders were also present.
The Ministers were welcomed by dancers who performed Garaga, Garade, Tappeta Gullu and others.
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