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Sharing his views: The Nilgiris Collector, Anandrao V.Patil, speaking at a tourism promotion meeting in Udhagamandalam on Thursday. —
Sharing his views: The Nilgiris Collector, Anandrao V.Patil, speaking at a tourism promotion meeting in Udhagamandalam on Thursday. —

D.Radhakrishnan

Sub-committee to strengthen schemes in force

‘Thrust will be given to promoting rural tourism in places such as Kannerimukku’

Udhagamandalam: A couple of months from now, this vacation destination is likely to have a plan which would help streamline tourism, said Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V.Patil here on Thursday.

Speaking to The Hindu after presiding over the first meeting of the Tourism Convergence Committee which came into being recently, he said that the proposed Integrated Tourism Development Plan which would be drawn up by a sub-committee would inter alia strengthen the tourism promotion steps which are now in force and also evolve new schemes.

Pointing out that schemes would be prioritized, he said that bottlenecks in ensuring smooth flow of traffic at popular tourist spots like Dodabetta peak would be removed.

Stating that the plan would identify new places which could be tapped tourism wise, Mr.Patil said that thrust would be given to promoting rural tourism in places such as Kannerimukku.

While efforts would be made to give heritage tourism, ethnic culture tourism, etc their due, for the first time an attempt would be made to promote temple tourism.

The Tourism Convergence Committee comprised officials of the Hill Area Development Programme (HADP), Forest Department, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, municipalities, Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, Horticulture and local bodies.

Among those who participated was Additional Collector (Development) M.Balaji.

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