Punjab can take cue from Andhra Pradesh tourism infrastructure around rivers & wastewater system

Punjab can take cue from Andhra Pradesh tourism infrastructure around rivers & wastewater system

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  • September 12, 2022
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Punjab can certainly benefit from Ek Bharat Shreshath Bharat programme – under which it is paired with Andhra Pradesh. It can take a cue from the southern state’s tourism around rivers and wastewater management.
This will bode very well for Punjab government, which has been emphasising that the state holds promising potential for tourism and definitive efforts will be made in this direction. The state has also been witnessing groundswell against pollution of river waters and ground water.
Though major part of Andhra’s ‘blue economy’ is focussed along its 975-km coastline, it is also exploring the tourism potential around the two major rivers passing through it – Krishna and Godavari.
At a time when Punjab is facing groundwater depletion and pollution, Vishakhapatnam, the port city and industrial hub, and Sri City, an integrated business city in Tirupati district, appear to be creating examples in treating the waste water and then reutilising it for different purposes. According to the officials, one third treated water in Vishakhapatnam is being reutilised by industry while Sri City officials said they use their entire treated water for horticultural purposes.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation is running boats in both the rivers and also creating more fun activities around river waters. For instance, at Nagarjunasagar Dam lake, visitors can take a boat ride to Nagarjunakonda Museum, which displays Buddhist sculptures and monuments from third and fourth centuries, thus giving visitors both adventure and heritage experiences.

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