Erode being a district with quite a few dams, picturesque locations, and famous temples, the Tourism Department is on course to tapping the advantages.
A Rs. 6 crore proposal has been forwarded by the district administration to the Central Government for beautifying the park at the Bhavani Sagar Dam site, according to official sources.
The Bhavani Sagar Dam and the Kodiveri Dam — where Rs. 1 crore was spent for creating a park, construction of toilets and other facilities _ have been attracting people in large numbers during weekends and holidays.
The Government intends to develop tourism infrastructure at such spots in order to attract visitors on other days as well, the sources said.
The District Rural Development Agency has been entrusted with the task of developing the Avalpoondurai tank at a cost of Rs. 1.7 crore.
An entrance arch, toilets, and a boathouse would be constructed. The embankments would be landscaped, said the sources.
For purposes of developing the road to Chennimalai temple, which attracts devotees and pilgrim tourists in large numbers from various parts of the State, the Tourism Department is learnt to have readied a Rs. 3 crore proposal that also involves creating lighting facilities all along the winding path to the temple atop a hill.
Strengthening of the Kangayam-Chennimalai Road at a cost of Rs. 1.2 crore was a facilitating factor, the sources said.
The famous Bhavani Kooduthurai temple, where there are facilities for convenience of visitors, has been attracting pilgrim tourists in large numbers.
The post of Tourism Officer for the district has already been sanctioned.
Early filling of the post by the Government would be of immense help in accelerating the processes for development of tourism, the sources added.