With Chilika Lake holding out vast tourism potential, the Odisha government has decided to implement a master plan for making the lagoon a world class tourist destination.
Chief conservator of forest Ajit Kumar Patnaik said, the state government has already assigned an agency for preparing the master plan. The final report of the master plan is likely to be presented to the government within four weeks.
Chilika lake, spread over three districts – Puri, Khurda and Ganjam, covers an area of over 1,100 square kilometer. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lake in the world. Chilika is famous for its migratory birds. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals.