Odisha's tourist destination Tampara Lake to get a makeover with additional infrastructure projects

The Berhampur Development Authority (BeDA) has finalised additional infrastructure projects for the tourist destination at a cost of INR eight crore

Tampara Lake, Odisha, Ganjam district, Infrastructural makeover, Berhampur Development Authority (BeDA), ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme

Odisha's tourist destination Tampara Lake located in Ganjam district is all geared up to get an infrastructural makeover.  In order to restore the infrastructural beauty of the site which was severely damaged by cyclone 'Phailin’ in October 2013, the Berhampur Development Authority (BeDA) has finalised additional infrastructure projects for the tourist destination at a cost of INR eight crore. The projects will be taken up under the ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme of the Centre.

The developmental projects at the tourist destination have been undertaken by BeDA in phases. The first phase of the project is likely to be completed by April 2020. Recently, the authority had finalised the second phase projects worth around INR 8 crore. The work has been awarded to a contractor and it is likely to be completed within 11 months. The makeover will include a jetty, landscape, trekking, second food court, tourist reception centre and an entrance gate which will be developed near the water body.

Besides, landscaping, widening of the road from National Highway to the water body, food court, illumination and sitting facilities have been undertaken in the first phase. The government has sanctioned Rs 33.43 crore under the scheme for tourism development of the water body two years ago. The state government has planned to make Tampara a major tourist destination and a water-sports facility was introduced at the site last month by the tourism department under public private partnership.

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