Warangal to have tourism institute

Published on May 08, 2015 13:38:58 PM
Tourism Department is making efforts to set up State Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management in Warangal. The institute is proposed at Bheemaram which fall under greater Warangal Municipal Corporation Limits. The estimated cost for setting up the institute is Rs 10 Crore.
The institute assumed importance in view of implementation of the central government’s Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) in Warangal with sanction of Rs 45 crore to develop heritage cites here. The Rs 45 crore was handed over by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu to K Sri Hari, Deputy Chief Minister in New Delhi recently.

According to the officials of District Tourism Department, the process of taking possession of 5 acres land allotted for the institute is under way. The Tourism officials along with Revenue officials are engaged in conducting survey of the land at Bheemaram.

District Tourism Officer Shivaji said that the survey to mark boundaries of the land is going on and soon the land would be taken into possession of the department. It is worth mentioning here that though the proposal for setting up the Hotel Management Institute here was made long ago, the previous government decided to shift this proposed institute to Kakinada.

After formation of Telangana, the government, with an aim of promoting tourism in Warangal, has been making serious efforts to set up the institute here with financial assistance of the central government. Currently there is one National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (NITHM) in Hyderabad and another one in Medhak district. Setting up of the institute would help the poor students as there are ample job opportunities in hospitality and tourism sectors.

A Chandu Lal, Tourism Minister and Pervaram Ramulu, former DGP and present Chairman of Telangana Tourism Development Corporation who hail from the district, are making efforts to setup the institute in Warangal.
Besides, BP Acharya, Secretary for Tourism who worked nearly eight years here as Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Praja Parishad and as a District Collector, Papa Rao, retired IAS officer, who is now advisor to the Government, also belong to this district and taking keen interest in setting up of the institute in the city.