Flower plans that would grow under different weather conditions and bloom in different seasons would be planted at Bryant Park and infrastructure facilities would be enhanced to attract tourists to the park and Kodaikanal throughout the year, said Collector T.G. Vinay.
Addressing the valedictory function of the 10-day summer festival at Bryant Park on Monday, he said the existing plants were blooming only in summer. “We have planned to grow more plants that would bloom in different seasons, including winter, to make the park colourful in all seasons to attract tourists,” he said.
Kodaikanal had been attracting tourists even during the second season beginning in August. More attractions would be created on the hill station to draw more tourists. Basic amenities would be improved at the park and in the lake area. Problems like traffic snarls and lack of amenities would be eliminated, he said.
A total of 3,06,301 visitors visited Bryant Park in April and May. The park had earned a revenue of ₹74.75 lakh so far in this season. The total revenue for this season was expected to touch ₹82 lakh, he added.
In his special address, Kodaikanal Municipal Commissioner K. Saravanan said the civic body would take stringent measures to reduce use of plastic and make Kodaikanal a green and plastic-free zone.
Later, the Collector gave a solatium of ₹2 lakh each to the families of two persons, who were struck dead by lightening at Pambarpuram in Kodaikanal two days back. Prizes and mementoes were also given to winners of various competitions held during the summer festival.