With various political parties having stepped up their campaign to woo voters and the inflow of tourists steadily increasing, the town in general and the tourist spots in particular have become a beehive of activity.

Having to ensure that both the elections and the season pass off peacefully, The Nilgiris district administration is forced to do a delicate balancing act by dividing time between the two and in the process work overtime.

The Nilgiris Collector P. Sankar told The Hindu that a meeting was organised here late last week to review the arrangements being made for this year's Summer Festival.

Stating that shortcomings like damaged roads, broken water pipes and overflowing sewage had been taken note of, he said steps would be taken to set them right. The administration would ensure that both the elections and the season pass off without a hitch, he added.

Meanwhile, a question in view of the elections “what will the summer of 2014 be like” has started doing the rounds here. According to some members of the mercantile community speculation over the impact of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections on the tourist season has become rife.

Despite an assurance given by the civic administration that drinking water will not be a problem during the season, complaints have started mounting. Dependence on lorry supply has increased at the Government Botanical Garden. The main pond is being filled with municipal water brought in tankers and later pumped to water the flower beds.

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