Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 14:
At least eight tourist care centres would come up along the highways and roads that connect important tourist spots in Odisha, sources in the state Tourism department said on Thursday.
The plan, mooted by the state Tourism secretary Arabinda Padhee, has got the departmental minister Ashok Chandra Panda’s nod, the sources added.
In the first phase three such centres, called ‘Jajabara’ (Wanderer), will come up soon at Patnaikia on the Bhubaneswar-Puri highway, Banrapal on the Dhenkanal-Angul highway and at Bhadrakh on the NH-5.
Five other ‘Jajabara’ centres will be set up later, at the Khallikote Ghat in Ganjam district, Sunki Ghat- Jeypore in Koraput district, on the Angul-Rairakhol, along the Konark-Puri Marine Drive and the fifth, along the Konark-Nimapara-Pipili road.
While the core structures of the ‘Jajabara’ amenity centres would be funded by the Tourism department, private players will be roped in for its operation and upkeep, sources said.
Each centre will have a food court, air conditioned restaurants, toilets, play centre for children, first aid facilities , parking space and attractive landscaping, the sources added.