Mistakes on signboards are not being rectified, say local people

Signboards bearing misspelt and misleading names have become a common sight practically all over Nilgiris district.

Though the boards are being erected by different departments, the mistakes are not being rectified, according to people here.

Being a legacy of the Raj, this hill station should be an example to others in spelling names correctly and furnishing the right information.

Regrettably, those putting up the boards are neither well informed nor inclined to consult those who are.

Consequently the thousands of tourists who see the boards pass on wrong information to others.

The need for proper research before erecting sign boards, particularly near tourist spots has been stressed by the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Coonoor.

Speaking to The Hindu at Coonoor on Tuesday, the president, YMCA, G. Stephen Jayaseelan said that Lamb’s Rock- a tourist view point about six kilometres from Coonoor, has been erroneously referred to in Tamil in all the sign boards as ‘Aattu Parai Kaatchi’ while the fact is that it has been named after Captain Lamb who had put in a great deal of effort in making a path to the spot.

Ghat road

He was under Colonel GG.V. Law who constructed the first ghat road to Coonoor.

The falls below Coonoor is named after him.

Another scenic spot near Coonoor Dolphin’s Nose has been misspelt in most of the boards.

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