“For the long term, there has been a change in our approach to infrastructure development. We are developing infrastructure in a very planned and integrated manner. We are also looking at destinations in a holistic manner and a preparing master plan for each destination. A priority destination list has been identified consisting of 70 circuits and the government will invest in a big way. Our infrastructure development budget for this year has been doubled,” he added.
“We will also be investing in new products, especially cruises and houseboats. We have selected India’s largest river cruise operator to start catamarans. By early next year we will have Odisha on the luxury river cruise map of the country,” Mr. Dev said.
He further said that the FICCI Odisha State Council has not only been highlighting the issues faced by the industry and various sectors but has been partnering with the government on various issues including the supply of oxygen.
Ms. Monica Nayyar Patnaik, Chair of the FICCI Odisha State Council and MD, Sambad Group, noted that the FICCI Odisha State Council has partnered the Government of Odisha as its National Industry Partner for various programs like Make in Odisha, Krushi Odisha, and Odisha 50 and organizing virtual roundtable on various sectors in association with state government. “We (FICCI) are also a part of the state government’s task force in vaccination drives and procuring medical oxygen supply,” she said.
Mr. JK Mohanty, Co-Chair of the FICCI Tourism National Committee and CMD, Swosti Group, said that the state has always put up a passionate and resolute fight towards natural calamities like cyclones and more recently, COVID. “The Odisha government has always swung into action. Most of our (the industry’s) demands have been considered and taken up at the highest level,” he said
Mr. SK Dash, Director of Trip Process Pvt Ltd.; Mr. Vishal Kamat, CEO of Kamat Group of Hotels; Mr. Sanjib Kumar Rout, FICCI Member and Founder President of CV Raman Global University, among others also put forth their views and suggestions.