Proposal rejected

Published: Tuesday 15 February 1994

-- The much-touted Puri-Konark Beach Resort Project proposed by the Orissa state government has received a setback with the rejection of the project by the Union environment ministry.

The Rs 900-crore project, which is being pushed by the Union tourism ministry, envisages the construction of a multiple hotel complex on 890 ha of the Bangur reserve sanctuary, along the coast between Puri and Konark.

In a letter to state chief minister Biju Patnaik, Union environment minister Kamal Nath said the maps of the project area provided by the state government did not precisely delineate the coastal stretches earmarked for construction. Nath's letter said the stated land requirement for the project is very high, entailing unjustifiable diversion of forest land.

The state government has also been advised to review plans for a golf course that had been planned over 140 ha.

Said a senior state official, "We have begun the search for consultants who would help revise the project to terms more acceptable to the ministry."

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