In a bid to expedite work on creating a Tea Park near here a site inspection was carried out by The Nilgiris Collector P. Shankar on Thursday.

He was accompanied by a team of officials including the Project Director, Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) Srinivas R. Reddy and the Joint Director of Horticulture, N.Mani.

The facility has been proposed with a financial outlay of Rs. 79 lakh extended by the HADP. It will form part of a tea garden owned by the Department of Horticulture near the Doddabetta peak.

Stating that work will begin shortly, Mr. Shankar said that it will suitably highlight the role of tea in not only promoting tourism but also ensuring the economic well being of the Blue Mountains.

Pointing out that the proposed park will feature many things, he said that among them would be a foot path to go around, a museum to learn about the origin and development of tea in the World in general and The Nilgiris in particular, a resting place, a restaurant and a children’s amusement area. There will also be a parking lot. It will be an ideal place for tourists to take a break while on the Ooty-Kotagiri highway.

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