Helicopter tourism in Kodaikanal proposed

Updated - August 22, 2016 08:25 am IST

Published - August 22, 2016 12:00 am IST - Kodaikanal:

A proposal has been sent to the State government for introduction of helicopter tourism on Kodaikanal hills, according Minister for Forests C. Seenivasan.

Talking to reporters here on Sunday, he said a suitable site had been identified near Vilpatti in this regard, and a feasibility study was on. A technical committee had to inspect the spot and submit a report, based on which the government would take steps to implement the project. About man-animal conflict, Mr. Seenivasan said elephant movement was rampant at Pethuparai, Bharathi Nagar, Anna Nagar, Anju Veedu and Puliyur. Special forest teams had been monitoring animal migratory areas to alert local people and chase the animals into reserve forests. Teams had been camping at Anju Veedu area, he added.

While inspecting migratory zone near Perumal Malai along with the Minister, District Forest Officers D. Venkatesan and P. Murugan said wild animals had been migrating through PV Valley. Acute drought in Palani block forced elephants to migrate to the hill station. Jackfruits too attracted the wild animals towards Kodaikanal, they added.

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