Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-04-18 13:44 Mangaluru: Corporate companies will be roped into develop tourism spots under their corporate social responsibilities, said Tourism Minister RV Deshpande. Addressing mediapersons here on Sunday, the minister stated that tourism in India has not been developed much when compared to countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Paris and Singapore. If tourism contributes to 16 percent to Gross Domestic Product in these nations, In India, it is only a mere 6.1 per cent, he said. Considering this, it is necessary to develop country’s tourism spots and involving corporate companies will help boost the whole sector, he added. Of the total 319 tourism destinations, nearly 50 are open for such collaboration. Many firms have come forward to take up, Deshpande said. When asked about the status of state government's proposal to Centre on relaxing the guidelines of Coastal Regulating Zone (CRZ) in order to develop beaches, Deshpande said the proposal is still pending for approval. However, the government has already earmarked Rs 50 crore to develop 23 beaches including Talapady, Someshwar, Panambur and Suratkal, he added. Earlier, Deshpande laid foundation stone for tourism facilities in Kadri temple and also the construction of Yatrinivas at Infant Jesus Church in Bikarnakatta.