Lok Sabha Speaker
Meira Kumar and Chief Minister K. Rosaiah at the launch of Leonia International
Centre for Exhibitions and Conventions in Hyderabad on Thursday
HYDERABAD: Development cannot be made at the cost of
public welfare and Andhra Pradesh has set an example by maintaining these
standards that the rest of the nation should emulate, Lok Sabha speaker Meira
Kumar has said. She said that despite witnessing a rapid development, Hyderabad
retained its culture, tradition and values.
Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Leonia
International Centre for Exhibitions and Conventions (LICEC) near Shameerpet
near here today, Meira Kumar appreciated the state government for maintaining a
balance between development and public welfare.
Quoting the words of Telugu poet Gurram Jashuva, she
called on the business community to strive and provide an opportunity to all
citizens as envisaged in the Constitution. “I appreciate the private companies
like LICEC management for establishing the convention centre in a rural area
providing employment to rural people,” she said.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister K Rosaiah said
that Hyderabad is emerging as convention destination with the state bagging
large number of awards at the national level in tourism sector.
He said the state has remained numero uno in the country
in domestic tourism by attracting 15.75 crore domestic tourists and 79.52 lakh
foreign tourists till 2009. Rosaiah said that the government will announce its
new tourism policy on September 27 marking the World Tourism Day. He explained
about various plans for development of tourism sector in the State.
Tourism minister J Geeta Reddy said the state government
is planning to launch a campaign declaring 2011 as ‘Visit Hyderabad Year’ to
promote tourism in the state which is attracting the highest number of domestic
tourists in the country, consecutively for the past four years. She said that
the state government is welcoming more private investors to come up with
projects that will boost the tourism industry in the state.
LICEC is a
multi-purpose convention centre established by Leo Meridian Infrastructure
Projects and Hotels Limited (LMIPHL) at its Leonia Holistic Destination spread
over 150 acres near Shameerpet on the city outskirts. Assembly speaker N Kiran
Kumar Reddy, ministers P Sabita Indra Reddy, D Prasada Rao, V Vasanth Kumar, D
Nagender and D Sridhar Babu, former speaker KR Suresh Reddy, Parliament members
K Bapiraju and S Rajaiah, LMIPHL chairman and managing director GS Chakravarthy
Raju were present.