Dr. Tej Vir Singh won the UNWTO Ulysses Prize for the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge

Professor Dr. Tej Vir Singh won the 2013 UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Madrid, Spain.

About Professor Dr. Tej Vir Singh

  • Belong to Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Established the CTRD in 1976, a Non-Government Organization (NGO) devoted to the cause of tourism academics and research, with a special focus on India.
  • Founding director of the Centre for Tourism Research & Development (CTRD) in India.
  • And also founding editor of Asia oldest tourism journal ‘Tourism Recreation Research’.
  • Specialist in Himalayan tourism wrote many books on tourism and many papers on tourism development and its impacts. 

Note: The UNWTO Ulysses Prize is given to a distinguished scholar, whether in academia, government or private industry, for outstanding contributions to innovation and knowledge in tourism.

GOI launched National Waterway-4 project in Chennai

The Central Government launched the project for the development of the stretch of 37 km of the National Waterway-four (NW-4) between Sholinganallur to Kalpakkam in South Buckingham Canal in Tamil Nadu.

  • Main components of the project: To search and excavate for developing navigational channel, construct three terminals and navigational locks, replace the one existing bridge at Kelambakkam, and install the navigational aids.
  • Sanctioned over Rs.123 crore for the purpose and the project is expected to be completed in two years.
  • Other stretches of the NW-4 would cover the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
  • NW-4 covers a total length of 1,078 Km consisting of Kakinada-Puducherry canal systems integrated with Godavari and KrishnaRivers. 

Benefits of National Waterway-4 project

  • Improve the drainage system during flood season in Chennai city.
  • Suitable for safe navigation of cargo vessels up to 300 ton capacity for transportation of general cargo viz. food grain, fertilizers, building materials, etc.
  • Suitable for movement of the passenger and tourist vessels of higher capacity from Chennai to Mahabalipuram and in future upto Puducherry and vice versa.
  • The terminals at Shollinganallur, Mutukkad and Mahabalipuram have been planned for construction and will be operated with necessary facilities for cargo, passenger and tourist vessels.