The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will proceed with plans to develop three brand new airports.
Making the announcement on the occasion of World Tourism Day, Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, revealed the new airports as part of a series of tourism developments for the eastern state.
The minister confirmed that India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has given “in principle” approval for the construction of three new airports on greenfield sites in Bhogapuram, in the north of the coastal state, Nellore in the south, and Kurnool in the west.
These will hope to bring more visitors to Andhra Pradesh, and once they are in the state they will be able to partake in a range of new activities. Also outlined by the chief minister, a new “special purpose vehicle” is being commissioned to operate tours around the islands of the River Krishna, while the government will construct nine new jetties along the state’s coast to cater to tourism.
“Andhra Pradesh has one of the finest networks of rail, road, ports and airports through which one can reach every nook and corner of the state in the shortest span of time and with utmost convenience,” said Chandrababu Naidu.
“In sync with this year’s [World Tourism Day] theme, “Tourism for All” – promoting universal accessibility – we endeavour to extend all the facilities to all sections of the society including specially-abled people, young children, senior citizens thereby creating an environment of convenience and comfort for all our tourists.
“Every economic indicator clearly points out that the road ahead for Andhra Pradesh is very bright and the in the coming days the state with flourish in all the aspects be it job creation, exports, investments etc. Our policies need to be redesigned in accordance with the requirements and we need to innovate ourselves continually and only then will we be able to fulfil our potential,” he added.
To implement its tourism development strategies, Andhra Pradesh has divided itself to five major tourism hubs – Anathapuram, Tirupati-Nellore, Kakinada-Konaseema-Rajamundhry, Amravati and Vishakapattinam.