Talks initiated by the AP Tourism Development Corporation to end stalemate in the operation of its resorts and other facilities in the agency areas of the district due to the strike by the contract tribal employees and guides failed on Saturday.
Due to the strike, which entered the fourth day, tourists coming from West Bengal and other places had to face a lot of problem at Araku and nearby places with the AP Tourism Development Corporation’s contract employees and tourist guides abstaining from their duties.
They are on strike demanding regularisation of service and payment of share from revenue earned by APTDC. The guides of Borra Caves are also demanding implementation of decision taken in 2007 to spend part of revenue from tourist facilities on the development of local areas.
APTDC Executive Director Sumit Singh, General Managers Uma Maheswara Rao and Anjaneyulu held first round of talks with the representatives at Araku. The talks remained inconclusive. As the employees refused to attend to emergency services, the corporation cancelled bookings done at Jungle Bell, Tyda, AP Tourism Resorts at Anantagiri, Valley Resorts and Hill View Resorts at Araku valley. The Borra caves was also not opened to tourists due to boycott of work by the tribal guides.