Friday, January 25, 2008

Sambalpur has tourism potential: Patnaik

Statesman News Service
SAMBALPUR, Jan. 24: Sambalpur district has tremendous tourist potential which is a good thing.
Whether it is the leaning temple at Huma or the world famous Hirakud dam, tourist spots here are reputed for being unique. They are famous all over the world for their beauty.
At the same time, two dykes at both ends of the Hirakud dam with lush green forest are no less attractive than the marine drive of Konark.
Hence, a well planned tourism network can bring economic development in this district said Mr Pradipta Kumar Patnaik, the new collector of Sambalpur today.
Mr Patnaik joined the district today after the transfer of his predecessor, Mr LN Nayak, to the state capital.
Speaking on the burning problem of the region, particularly in the Hirakud command area, Mr Patnaik said that agriculture and industry are to go hand in hand for the development of the people. “Water given to farmers would never be a problem,” he assured.
Steps will be taken to bring the Maoists into the mainstream.
Activities in the block would be streamlined, so that development in the rural areas could be visualised, the new collector said.
“On my very first day in office, I have called on the Block Development officers (BDOs) of the district to instruct them for a strict implementation of the welfare schemes of the government meant for the people,” said Mr Patnaik. “Only integrated development can discourage such unlawful activities,” he added.
“I will see that the benefit of the public distribution system reaches the targeted group,” Mr Patnaik added.

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