15-day training for tourist guides inaugurated
PUDUCHERRY: Tourism Minister Malladi Krishna Rao said here on Wednesday that that uniforms would soon be provided to autorickshaw, taxi and cyclerickshaw drivers in the Union Territory. Speaking at the inaugural of a 15-day training programme for tourist guides, Mr. Rao said that order for 8,000 uniform sets had been placed with AFT Mills, and that the uniforms would be embossed with the logo of the Tourism Department.
Detailing about other tourism projects, he said that the Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation was planning to avail Rs. 3-crore loan from the PIPDIC to set up an “arts and craft village”, and a water theme park at Murungapakkam. Mr. Rao said that floating restaurants would be commissioned at Yanam and Mahe by the end of this month.
Tourism Secretary A. Anbarasu said that the department was embarking on various projects including that of beach beautification in Karaikal and Puducherry, and Yanam Goutami River Front project. The 70 guides — 50 for Puducherry and 20 for Karaikal region — would be given yellow T-shirts and blue pants.
They would liaise with the police. They would be stationed at important locations to help both foreign and local tourists.
Tourism Director Mohammed Mansoor said that during the 15-day that training the guides would be taught basic English and French, information about hotels, rates, the history of Puducherry, Mahe, Yanam and Karaikal.
“We are taking in these guides for Puducherry and Karaikal in the first phase, for Mahe and Yanam, guides will be appointed in the next phase. These guides are appointed through an agency and will be working in batches.”