Top priority will be accorded to develop tourism projects in Valparai, Commissioner for Tourism and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation A.C. Mohandoss said on Tuesday.
He was talking to reporters after inspecting the ongoing works at Valparai, Sholayar and Aliyar. He also said that Rs. 3. 5 crore has been earmarked for Coimbatore district. Mr. Mohandoss said that projects such as Aliyar boat house, boats, ticket counters and schemes in Valparai are being accorded priority to give a fillip to tourism.
Considering the constraints for space in Valparai, the Tourism Department has accorded permission for 19 houses for running the bed and breakfast scheme.
Mr. Mohandoss said that consultations are on with Collector to prepare proposals for mega projects to a tune of Rs 5 crore for creating a park, lake and other schemes with indications on availability of space for these projects.
Mr. Mohandoss inspected the ongoing construction works for Yatri Nivas at a cost of Rs 75 lakh and the integrated tourism complex coming up at a cost of Rs 1 crore. On inspecting the Sholayar dam, Mr. Mohandoss asked the officials to improve the park at the dam site. He also announced that works for beautifying the park at the Solayar dam would be taken up at a cost of Rs. 85 lakh.
Interacting with the Deputy Field Director of Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) M. Thiagaraj and Range Officer Xavier, Mr. Mohandoss urged the Forest Department to explore the tourism potentials in the sanctuary area and create trekking facilities. The forest officials made a request for sanction of funds from the tourism department for construction of additional rest houses at Top Slip, Manomboly and Valparai besides setting up a trekking shed at Sirukundra.