DTPC plans for improving tourism amenities

A Correspondent

KATTAPPANA: The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) is planning to implement more security measures and tourism amenities in the less-known tourism spots in Idukki.

Idukki has the largest number of less-known tourism places, which are visited by tourists from outside the district on festival season and holidays.

Talking to The Hindu, DTPC secretary M. Rajesh said that making arrangements for tourists in forest areas including security measures would require the approval of the Forest Department. A meeting will be held soon to discuss the issue.

He said that in forest land, Vana Samrakshana Samithies (VSS) provide guidance to the visitors. He said that at Thommankuthu, a tourism place most of the visitors arrive on holidays, VSS provides all help.

Tourism projects

The work on two major tourism projects at Wagamon will be started soon as all official-level and technical clearance has been received. The projects are Rs 2.8-crore tourism complex having accommodation facility and a restaurant at Society Kavala and a Rs.15-lakh toilet station on the grassland area.

Construction of protection wall has begun at Parunthumpara, another tourism spot near Kuttikanaam and the DTPC will take similar initiatives in other places with the help of local bodies.

According to the member of a non-governmental agency providing information and support to tourists at Ramakkalmedu, the accident-prone areas in each tourist spot have to be identified and tourists will not be allowed entry there.