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Tea Park to come up on Ooty-Kotagiri Road

D.Radhakrishnan
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Horticulture Department will establish it with financial help from HADP

The proposed site for a Tea Park on the Ooty-Kotagiri highway.- Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
The proposed site for a Tea Park on the Ooty-Kotagiri highway.- Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

For long synonymous with The Nilgiris and a key player in ensuring the economic well being of the district, tea cultivation and manufacture has over the years been glorified in many ways by not only the industry but also other sectors such as tourism. In tune with this, arrangements have been set in motion to create a Tea Park in the district.

The Department of Horticulture will establish the park with financial help being extended by the Hill Area Development Programme (HADP).

According to Srinivas R. Reddy, Project Director, HADP, it will come up on Ooty-Kotagiri Road just beyond the Doddabetta Peak. A sum of Rs. 79.90 lakh has been earmarked for forming the park.

Apart from amenities to facilitate a short break for tourists, the park would feature a small tea museum. It would contain all information pertaining to tea in general and the tea industry in The Nilgiris in particular, Mr. Reddy told The Hindu on Tuesday.

The facility would help promote tea through tourism and tourism through tea. Work on establishing the park was expected to be completed before the end of the current fiscal.

Pointing out that the objective was to enhance the beauty of the Blue Mountains by creating small parks at various places and thereby provide alternative tourist destinations, Mr. Reddy said that the move would ease congestion and go down well with the tourists. The Katteri Park, which was established below Coonoor a few years ago, had become a major attraction, he added.

Focus was also on creating wayside gardens and landscaping slopes. To begin with, a slope along Old Ooty Road, which was cleared of bushes, would be beautified.

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