Puducherry

T.N. transport strike reduces tourist footfall

Trains from Puducherry have been chock-a-block over the last few days.

Trains from Puducherry have been chock-a-block over the last few days.   | Photo Credit: S.S. Kumar

Chennai, Bengaluru account for over 80% of tourists to Puducherry

The impact of the ongoing strike by transport workers in neighbouring Tamil Nadu is being felt in this city.

While the new bus stand has seen private buses temporarily taking over the slots otherwise reserved for the Tamil Nadu Government buses to destinations such as Chennai, Villupuram, Cuddalore and Nagapattinam, the trains connecting to the city via Villupuram have been chock-a-block over the last couple of days.

On the flip side, the bus strike has led to a drastic reduction in the tourist footfall over the weekend. Chennai, apart from Bengaluru, account for over 80 per cent of domestic tourists to the city.

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The sudden decision of the Prime Minister’s Office to give an appointment to Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy has raised eyebrows in political circles. Though the appointment was sought months ago, the sudden decision had even taken the Chief Minister by surprise as his government was battling with the Centre over the appointment of three BJP leaders as nominated legislators in the Assembly.

More so, just a few days before the meeting, the Assembly initiated privilege motion against the Under Secretary to the Government who issued an order directing the Assembly Secretariat to provide salary to the nominated MLAs. The moot question being asked here is how a meeting with the Prime Minister could be possible at a time when the relationship between the ruling Congress and the Union Government was at its lowest ebb.

The meeting, according to the sources close to the Chief Minister, was very positive and smooth. Political observers say the days to come would be interesting to watch.

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Looks like fund crunch in Puducherry is affecting the scale of annual events conducted here. Unlike the previous years when international yoga festivals were held for three days with several events and competitions, this year it has been reduced to just one day. They had to do with a mass demonstration and several discourses on yoga. While a few organisers reluctantly agreed that the financial issues were shadowing the events, other senior government officials denied it to be the issue. Instead they stated that they were waiting for the permission from the AYUSH Ministry to conduct the international yoga festival with competitions included.

M. Dinesh Varma, Rajesh B. Nair and S. Senthalir

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