TAMIL NADU

Proposal seeks facilities for Rameswaram

Focus: Minister for Slum Clearance Suba Thangavelan (centre), taking a look at the stalls during the National Pilgrims Festival in Rameswaram on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: L. Balachandar

Special Correspondent

RAMANATHAPURAM: A proposal has been sent to the government to create tourist friendly facilities at a cost of Rs.20 crore at Rameswaram, according to the Collector, T.N. Hariharan.

Presiding over the National Pilgrims Festival at Rameswaram on Tuesday, which was inaugurated by the Minister for Slum Clearance, Suba. Thangavelan, the Collector said it included the construction of car parking at Agnitheertham shore at a cost of Rs.49.5 lakh and a plan to pump out drainage water in order to prevent the polluted water from entering the sea. He hoped that the proposal would come through.

The Collector said the proposal would be beneficial to rectify the shortcomings experienced by the tourists in the temple town.

A Vivekananda Swamy Mandapam had been constructed at a cost of Rs.168.24 lakh at Kundhugal, where he landed after the historic trip to United States of America. A tourist office was also constructed at a cost of Rs.30 lakh in Rameswaram, he noted.

Sethusamudram project

Mr. Thangavelan said it was necessary to implement Sethusamudram project to develop Rameswaram. Several facilities and tourist infrastructure could be established in the temple town if the Sethu project was implemented.

The DMK government would continue impress upon the Central government for the speedy implementation of the project.

K. Rithish Kumar, Member of Parliament, K. Hasan Ali, Member of Legislative Assembly, A. Ravichandra Ramavanni, Chairman, District Panchayat, C. Selvaraj, Information & Public Relations Officer and E. Ponnusamy, Tourism Officer spoke.