A consultative meeting to involve people in the proposed developmental plans for the Tharangambadi Town Panchayat area, was organised here recently. The meeting presided over by Collector C. Munianathan, was conceived to ensure that people had a stake in the developmental activities proposed for the Tharangambadi Town Panchayat to augment tourist traffic to the erstwhile Danish settlement.
Developmental activities have been proposed at once to create additional facilities for the tourists, particularly the low-end domestic tourist traffic and also create an entrepreneurial space for the local population. Lawns have been proposed to create patches of greenery within and outside the confines of the ramparts of the fort that is currently barren.Among the demands was a request for buses to ply inside the erstwhile settlement area leading to the Fort. The proposal would be considered it is economically feasible with a reasonable traffic hitting the Danish heritage site.
The longer the tourist traffic stayed on their visit to the Tranquebar fort, better it is for the allied tourist economies that engage the local people, Mr.Munianathan stated. Places for cheap accommodation were among the proposed plan of action for Tharangambadi development.
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage has been engaged in the protection, preservation and renovation of the architecturally rich Danish heritage of Tharangambadi. It has renovated the five old Tamil houses, and is engaged in the renovation of the Governor's Bungalow. Besides, Commanders House, Zion Church, Ziegenbalg Spiritual Centre, Old Danish Cemetery are among the myriad cultural imprints of a bygone Danish colonial enclave here.
Besides the imprints of Danish heritage here, Tharangambadi also houses the fourteenth century Masilamani Nathar Temple built by King Maravarman Kulashekhara Pandian perched on the lap of the Tharangambadi Sea.