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Saurashtra’s Bet Dwarka, Shiyal Bet & Pirotan islands to become tourism hotspots: CM Rupani

Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday announced that Bet Dwarka, Shiyal Bet and Pirotan islands in the Saurashtra region will be developed as tourist hotspots through 47 development projects in the near future.

Rupani made the announcement while heading the 4th Island Development Authority meeting in Gandhinagar.

Rupani also virtually inaugurated an advanced industrial wastewater treatment plant situated in Ahmedabad on Friday. The country's first Fenton Catalytic Reactor has a capacity of 30 MLD (million litres per day) and is expected to cater to at least 700 industrial units, mostly engaged in the manufacturing of chemicals and dyes, in the Vatva industrial area in Ahmedabad.

Set up by the Green Environment Services Co-operative Society Limited (GESCSL) in its premises in Vatva GIDC at a cost of Rs70 crore, the new plant will enable the Vatva industrial area to become 100% compliant with the GPCB’s (Gujarat Pollution Control Board) effluent discharge norms, Rupani said.

The state government is committed to protecting the environment while simultaneously focusing on industrial development, he added.

Meanwhile, in addition to the tourism and socio-economic development of the three Saurashtra islands, Rupani also announced that Marine Skill Training Centre will come up at ITI Dwarka to fulfil the requirement of skilled manpower needed for tourism development adventurous sports, nature education and projects related to the fisheries sector.

The development work at Shiyal Bet, including an eco-resort, eco-park, dolphin viewing point, archaeology display gallery, beachfront development and water activities will cost an estimated Rs35.95 crore, an official statement said.

Similarly, Bet Dwarka is expected to see development worth roughly Rs28.95 crore, including eco-tourism and water sports facilities and a Marine Interpretation Centre.

While such eco-friendly projects will also be undertaken at Pirotan island, the project cost was not revealed.

Apart from tourism development, the projects will also provide employment opportunities to the local youth, the CM said. 

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