Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: The first meeting of the Destination Management Council for Thusharagiri held recently decided to expedite implementation of the Thusharagiri Tourism Corridor Project master plan and start work on a bus terminal, a canteen, comfort stations and other amenities.

The tourism corridor project connecting various nearby destinations, such as Aripuzha and Kakkad, is vital for the development of Thusharagiri, one of the major tourism spots of the district.

“We have decided to remove all the stumbling blocks to the project without any further delay,” said George M. Thomas, MLA and chairman of the council.

Mr. Thomas said officials and the departments had offered support for the development of Thusharagiri as a major tourism destination.

“We have to start from the construction of very basic infrastructure such as a coffee shop and a parking zone here,” he said.

Mr. Thomas said tenders would soon be floated for setting up basic facilities.

He said the meeting held at Thusharagiri had decided to pressure the State government to take ahead the long-pending Kappad-Thusharagiri State highway project.

Mr. Thomas said the present budget had allocated Rs.19 crore for the highway project, but it had been delayed for several reasons, including difficulties in land acquisition. “But the committee has chalked out some measures to expedite this project as well,” he said.

The council is a constitutional body formed to manage and sort out development issues and challenges specific to certain identified tourism spots in the district.

The MLA of the Assembly constituency in which the destination falls will be its chairman. The panchayat president will the vice-chairman, while the district tourism promotion council secretary will be the convener.

The divisional forest officer, tahsildars, executive engineers of the Public Works Department and the Kerala State Electricuity Board will be the members.

The Thusharagiri council is the first to be formed in the district. Beypore, Kappad, Iringal and Peruvannamuzhi are the other destinations.