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Part of ECR to become tourism corridor

The proposed corridor might open up avenues for the development of new tourist destinations. Tourists at the TTDC boating yard at Muttukadu. — Photo: K. V. Srinivasan

The proposed corridor might open up avenues for the development of new tourist destinations. Tourists at the TTDC boating yard at Muttukadu. — Photo: K. V. Srinivasan   | Photo Credit: K_V_Srinivasan

Focus on inviting private players for commercial exploitation of the area beyond Muttukadu

One of Chennai's signature hangout destinations, the East Coast Road, is soon set to be further improved. ECR, as it is popularly known, is frequented by locals, tourists and even mere passers-by, making it ideal for long car drives in the evening or bike rides on a cloudy morning.

On Monday, the State government's budget had an announcement of its latest project for ECR – a 120 km long tourism corridor stretching from Muttukadu to Puducherry. At present, most people who drive down ECR for a fun weekend at a water park or a beach house or for a peek at heritage monuments, usually stop at the Shore Temple. And so,

the department of tourism has chalked out a number of special tourism projects for the stretch extending from here.

With the relaxation of development control rules along this road, more locations are likely to be identified and developed as tourism destinations. The budget announcement focused on inviting private players for commercial exploitation of the area beyond Muttukadu. A study is likely to be taken up to check if the newly identified locations are ecologically viable for development.

An ‘Integrated Tourism Infrastructure Project' with an East Coast Pilgrimage circuit will be developed in association with the Asian Development Bank. A location for a tourist park has also been identified in Kanchipuram district.

In 1992, East Coast Road was declared a Special Tourism Area to promote tourism. Since then, several developers have entered and resorts have been set up on the stretch up till Muttukadu. The road has already been livened up by some prime locations such as VGP Golden Beach, MGM Dizzee World, Dakshina Chithra, Muttukadu Boat House and Mudaliarkuppam Beach House.

Development of facilities for tourists has however, lagged beyond Mahabalipuram, with the boat house at Mudaliarkuppam being one of the few available destinations. “ Here too, the beach house has not drawn too many tourists owing to the distance. We are considering introducing adventure sports to attract more visitors here,” says M. Yuvaraj, manager (in-charge), Mudaliarkuppam boat house.

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