Yercaud gearing up for summer festival

Special Correspondent
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Road works are being expedited to welcome tourists

Safety gear:Life jackets are made compulsory for boating in Yercaud Lake.- Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan
Safety gear:Life jackets are made compulsory for boating in Yercaud Lake.- Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

The 36th edition of the summer festival in Yercaud to be held for three days from May 27 will have an ethnic flavour.

The dates for the festival, announced by Collector J. Chandrakumar here, have prompted the officials from various departments, especially those from the Department of Horticulture, to expedite many development works that have been undertaken since last month. The hill station is getting spruced up with new roads and other facilities that would satisfy the tourists.

The picturesque lake situated at the heart of the hill station is being desilted and the water spread is getting expanded for a good boat ride. Almost 50 per cent of the 1.1 lakh square metre lake has been desilted and weeded out with the help of a mini dredger.

The lake was covered with water hyacinth and wild weeds restricting the boat rides to a minimum distance thus disappointing the riders. Of the 400-metre deep lake, nearly 200 metres remained heavily silted.

A technical executive who is supervising the operation points out that the silt to the extent of about 15 metre depth is also being scooped out.

The works, he says will be completed shortly thus enhancing the area of boating operations significantly. The Anna and Lake Parks are also being spruced up

As usual the shows on dogs, flowers, animals and fruits would also be organised besides competitions like duck catching, rangoli, healthy baby and art and cultural festivals. All these events will carry an ethnic flavour so that the tourists from far and near can enjoy them.

The administration has also decided to ban plastic and also slap fines on those who violate the rule. The transport corporation has been asked to ply special buses and Panchayat Union to provide sanitary facilities along with protected water. Police will also provide round the clock security to prevent any antisocial from causing disruption during the festival. With a change of guard, a new set of ministers who had assumed charges are expected to participate at the function.



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