With students of some of the schools in this hill station showcasing their prowess in different forms of dancing, a troupe from Mettupalayam performing a folk dance, a magician focusing on the world of illusion, and a presentation of film songs by a Coimbatore-based orchestra the curtain came down on the three-day 2012 Tea and Tourism Festival organised by the Department of Tourism and the district administration here on Monday.
Even as the twice postponed festival which was originally scheduled to be held in December evoked mixed reactions from different sections of society here, the Executive Director, Tea Board, R. Ambalavan used the valedictory function to make a fervent appeal to the tea planting community to maintain their tea gardens properly and not allow them to be used for other purposes like construction of houses and resorts.
Cautioning that the consequences of such conversions will be catastrophic from the ecology point of view, he said that tea was a cash crop and it has a bright future.
He added that the health benefits of tea are well known. The Project Director, Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) Srinivas R.Reddy distributed prizes to winners of competitions which marked the festival.
While the tastefully decorated stall of Glendale Estate walked away with the first prize,the stall put up by the Kodaikanal based Gangai Nathi Self Help Group bagged the second prize and the highly informative pavilion of the Tea Board won the third prize.