The naturally formed red sand dunes in Visakhapatnam, known as Erra Matti Dibbalu in Vizag, will be developed as a tourist destination. The red sand dunes have been identified as a national geo-heritage site. Following recent allegations raised about mining in Erra Matti Dibbalu, State Tourism Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao inspected the area along with officials from the GVMC Police Department, Revenue and Police Saturday.
Speaking on this subject, the Minister of Tourism clarified that the lands that had been moved were not the red sand dunes but the lands of the Nerellavalasa region. He said the state government will keep an eye on tourist sites and ensure that such incidents do not occur. He inspected the area to see how it can be developed. “We have a responsibility to preserve natural beauty and to make places such as Erra Matti Dibbalu one of the tourist destinations in Vizag,” said the minister.
Erra Matti Dibbalu, located on 261 acres of land, has no development activity so far. The area is fully cultivated with plants and trees that cannot be damaged. By keeping the same greenery, about 5 hectares of land will be developed for tourists and film shoots. As part of the development, a road will be laid out for tourists to visit, viewpoints will be set up to create a pleasant atmosphere.
With this in mind, the government is also considering developing Thotlakonda, a Buddhist heritage site in Vizag. The authorities have been ordered to coordinate with the tax police to ensure that all tourist sites have adequate security.