Rs.10 crore to be spent for tourism development
Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar has said that a master plan will be prepared for the district's tourism development.
“We will speed up work on it,” he said at a meet-the-press organised by the Malappuram Press Club here on Friday.
Mr. Anil Kumar said Rs.10 crore would be spent for tourism development in the district in the current fiscal. “We have given shape to several projects for Malappuram district, considering its potential for tourism development,” he said.
The district had great potential for heritage tourism, especially as it was home to literary giants such as Poonthanam, Melpathur, and Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, he said. “We will seriously consider implementing heritage tourism here,” he said.
Mr. Anil Kumar said he would visit Kodikuthimala along with Forest Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar as part of removing hurdles for tourism development at the hill.
He said the district was sanctioned Rs.5 crore as part of the Eastern Corridor project. A portion of the fund could be spent for Kodikuthimala if the issues with the Forest Department were settled.
He said tenders were sought for work on the proposed Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) shopping complex at Malappuram. The work would begin soon after taking a decision on shifting the diesel pump at the existing KSRTC station here.
Mr. Anil Kumar said there was nothing wrong in imposing an entrance fee at Kottakkunnu here. He said Kottakkunnu was not a natural tourist destination. “Being a tourist destination developed by the authorities, Kottakkunnu can levy a fee from the visitors,” he said.