District administration mulling over street festival in Mangaluru

Source: DHNS | Published on 25th September 2021, 12:39 PM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra K V said that the district administration was mulling over organising street festivals—food festival and art festival— during weekends in Mangaluru.

“The nearly six-lane road from Clock Tower to A B Shetty Circle and Kadri Park road will be used for the planned street festivals. Once the Covid-19 positivity rate reduces and the threat of the third wave is overcome, a calendar of events will be prepared in advance to keep the public informed on events planned during weekends,” he told media persons during an interaction, organised by DK Working Journalists Association, at Patrika Bhavan on Friday.

Stakeholders to meet

The deputy commissioner said that on the day of World Tourism Day, the Dakshina Kannada tourism development committee will organise a workshop to discuss the path of development, reason for lagging behind in the tourism sector with a focus on beach tourism, religious tourism, medical tourism, ecotourism and cultural tourism with the stakeholders. The theme of this year’s tourism day is inclusive growth.

Trekking trail

The deputy commissioner said that there were trekking trails in Belthangady, Sullia and Puttur taluks. “The district administration has held discussions with DCF Wildlife of Karkala on promoting such trails using the local guides. This, in turn, will also help homestays that are located nearby.”

There are also plans to resume Kambala in Pilikula. The elected representatives of the region have submitted proposals to develop ‘kudrus’ (islands) at an estimated cost of Rs 130 crore to the Centre, Rajendra said.

Accordingly, plans are being worked out under an integrated island zone management plan. The district administration will also rope in private, KSRTC to operate ‘Hop-on-hop-off’ buses to tourist destinations. Even the hotel industries will also be involved in it, he said

“I have also written to the government to include either Deputy Commissioner or Principal Secretary in the board of trustees of NMPT. This, in turn, will help district administration to raise issues related to fishermen and also on promoting tourism,” the deputy commissioner added.

As a chairman of Pilikula Development Authority, efforts are being made to get elephant, Zebra and giraffe to Pilikula Biological Park either through animal exchange programme or through other projects.

“Efforts are being made to promote tourist spots of DK in major airports in the country.There are seven to eight archaeological sites in the district. Efforts will be made to connect it through QR code to the tourists,” the deputy commissioner said.

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