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Beach and White Town restoration on the cards

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Tourism Minister P.Rajavelu chairing a high- level meeting on tourism on Thursday.
Tourism Minister P.Rajavelu chairing a high- level meeting on tourism on Thursday.

Seeing a sandy beach may now become a reality, with most of the stakeholders at the high level meeting conducted recently agreed that beach restoration should be a priority.

The meeting, chaired by Welfare Minister P. Rajavelu, with participation of various stakeholders including members of the Port Authority, Public Works Department, Forest Department and several social organisations including the Raj Bhavan Neighbourhood Association.

During the meeting, various issues affecting the White Town area and the Beach were discussed, and the general consensus was that although there were several problems, cooperation and coordination between the general public and the Government departments would solve many of them.

Raj Bhavan area

According to one of the participants in the meeting, it was proposed to form a steering committee chaired by the welfare minister to oversee the working of the various subcommittees. The subcommittees would be in charge of different issues like garbage, stray dogs, and traffic.

They will in turn prepare a report on what the issues are and suggest possible solutions.

Although these plans need to be put in place in all the localities beginning with Raj Bhavan area where most of the tourists come, it would have to be replicated in the rest of the areas. I

t would also help the people understand that they can work along with Government departments in order to bring about change.

It was further decided at the meeting that any such decision would have to come through the Chief Minister in a meeting with all the stakeholders including the Chief Secretary and all the five ministers.

Prior to that, the high level committee that met on Thursday would meet once again on June 20 in order to decide how to take it forward, the participant said.

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