Ganjam district’s lake Tampara, 25 km from here and two km from National Highway-16, is all set to get a facelift at a cost of over Rs eight crore as the Brahmapur Development Authority (BeDA) has finalised additional infrastructure projects at the tourist destination.
The projects would be undertaken under the Central Government’s Swadesh Darshan scheme. The BeDA, which has been executing developmental projects also worth Rs 8 crore at the lake in the first phase, is expected to complete the works by April this year, a BeDA official said.
BeDA’s Vice-Chairman Chakravarti Singh Rathore said, “The BeDA has finalised the second-phase projects worth around Rs 8 crore in its meeting held on Thursday. The work has been awarded to a contractor, who has been asked to complete it within 11 months.”
Under the new projects, a jetty, landscape, trekking, a second food court, a tourist reception centre and an entrance gate would be developed near the lake, he said.
Notably, the infrastructure of Tampara was severely damaged due to Cyclone Phailin, which hit the State in October 2013.
Landscaping, widening of the road from the NH to the lake, a food court, illumination and sitting facilities have been undertaken in the first phase, Rathore said. The State Government sanctioned Rs 33.43 crore under the scheme for tourism development of the water body two years ago.
The Government has planned to make Tampara a major tourist destination; and a water-sports facility was introduced at the site last month under public-private partnership.