The two-day flower show and summer festival will be held on May 24 or 25 at Kodaikanal, according to Collector N. Venkatachalam.
Addressing a preliminary meeting to discuss festival arrangements with revenue, police and tourism officials here, he said elaborate arrangements would be made for the convenience of tourists.
Priority would be given for providing basic amenities and developing the infrastructure to enable tourists to enjoy without any hassles.
While the Sports Department would organise tournaments and team events, the Department of Fisheries would conduct ‘catch a fish’ competition and Animal Husbandry officials would hold a dog show.
Expressing concern over traffic congestions on Saturdays and Sundays, the Collector said vehicles were stranded to a distance of 16 km on prime road during these days. Forest officials had provided parking lots at places such as the Guna Cave, Moyar Point, Pillar Rock and the Pine Forest areas.
Two police constables and an SI should be deputed to regulate vehicles and park vehicles in a row at each point, he added.
Police officials replied that 2,600 private vehicles reached the hill station on weekends. They sought officials to restrict buses a few km away from the bus-stand.
One of the counters at the toll gate was not operated owing to lack of staff. Operation of two counters would ease traffic congestion near the toll gate area, they said.
The Collector advised the police not to allow vehicle parking on roadside.
To monitor the arrival of vehicles, CCTV cameras could be installed at the toll gate near the Silver Cascade area.
Life jacket was a must for tourists travelling in pleasure boats in the lake.