The Orissa Government has begun the process of acquiring 626 acre for its proposed Shamuka tourism project.
The project needs 2,500-3,000 acre in all. The state government has already acquired around 970 acre for the Rs 3,500-crore project while land acquisition is expected to be completed by end-2010.
The project is being developed near Sipasarubali, about 10 km south of Puri on PPP mode.
After land acquisition process is completed, the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation is likely to invite fresh bids for the project.
The project comprises four five-star hotels, convention centre, an 18-hole golf course, boutique hotels, international spa and wellness centres, an entertainment zone and sports facilities.