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‘Banana Boats’ introduced at Mudaliarkuppam to woo tourists

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SMOOTH SAILING: One of the two banana boats that were launched on Thursday at TTDC’s Boat House in Mudaliarkuppam being pulled by a motor boat.
SMOOTH SAILING: One of the two banana boats that were launched on Thursday at TTDC’s Boat House in Mudaliarkuppam being pulled by a motor boat.

Special Correspondent

Each boat has capacity to accommodate six persons

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) on Thursday introduced a new water sport attraction - Banana Boats - at its Mudaliarkuppam Boat House, on East Coast Road.

The two inflatable multi-coloured Banana Boats at the Boat House, 92 km from Chennai and 36 km from Mamallapuram, that were launched each have a capacity to seat six persons. They are pulled by motor boats.

Tourism Minister N. Suresh Rajan launched the boats at a function, in which Tourism and Culture Department Secretary V. Irai Anbu, TTDC Chairman Sanwat Ram and Tourism Commissioner and TTDC Managing Director M. Rajaram participated.

Mr. Irai Anbu said the State government was keen on providing newer and affordable tourist-friendly amenities.

Detailing TTDC’s initiatives, Mr. Sanwat Ram and Mr. Rajaram told presspersons that introduction of the Banana Boats was part of the Corporation’s plans to provide value addition to the visitors to the boat houses. The TTDC was in process of upgrading facilities at Muttukadu Boat House on ECR at the cost of Rs.80 lakh. It would include a new floating jetty and extension of the boat house.

Of the total 10 boat houses of the TTDC, Mudaliarkuppam Boat house had become most sought after by weekend revellers and software professionals, said Mr. Rajaram.

The cash profit generated through Mudaliarkuppam Rain Boat House in 2007-08 was Rs.4.57 lakh out of the total turnover of Rs.18.28 lakh. In July, the boat house had generated a cash profit of Rs.5.43 lakh out of the total turnover of Rs.13.26 lakh. He said more tourist-friendly amenities would be added at Mudaliarkuppam to cater to different tourist segments. He said the total revenue earned through the 10 boat houses in 2007-08 was Rs.5.24 crore out of which cash profit was Rs.3.51 crore.

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