A Correspondent

KATTAPPANA: Tourism development should not harm the environment and local culture, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said.

Inaugurating the Anjuruli tourism festival titled “Anjuruli Soundaryotsavom” at Kakkattukada near here on Sunday, the Chief Minister said that destroying buffer zones, preventing the flow of streams and encroaching upon public land under the pretext of tourism projects would not be allowed.

“The attraction of the State is its vast greenery, perennial rivers, enchanting waterfalls and beautiful hills. These natural gifts have to be preserved for future generations,” he said. The focus of the government is to promote responsible tourism in rural areas.