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Centre to give special assistance to cyclone-hit states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha for restoration of Government tourist facilities

The Centre will give special assistance to cyclone-hit states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha for restoration of Government tourist facilities. As a special case, Shri Shripad Naik, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture, Government of India has announced a special financial package for the restoration and reconstruction of the affected Government tourist facilities in the States of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. This financial support will be over and above the infrastructure development projects prioritized for grant of central financial assistance to the States during the current financial year.

Taking pro-active measure in this regard, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has written to the State Governments, advising them to assess the extent of damage caused to Government tourist assets in their States and submit a detailed report on the same to the Ministry of Tourism. Funds will be sanctioned to the States, based on the report.

The states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have recently witnessed an unprecedented natural calamity. The cyclonic storm Hudhud has caused damage to the city of Visakhapatnam and coastal districts in Andhra Pradesh and some areas of Odisha have also been affected.