Rs. 35.5 crore sought under the Hill Area Development Programme

Special Correspondent

`Efforts to keep various tourist spots litter free'

Udhagamandalam: District administration has sought a sum of Rs. 35.5 crore from the Union Planning Commission, under the Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) for 2006-2007.

Disclosing this to reporters here on Friday the Nilgiris Collector Santhosh K Misra said that the amount sought was the highest till now. He added that during 2005-2006 the amount sanctioned was Rs. 22.1 crore. Responding to complaints about the appalling condition of the roads in the hill station, he said that the situation was constantly engaging the attention of the administration and the problem was being accorded the highest priority.

Stating that efforts were on to make the authorities concerned including the National Highways Authority of India commence repair works as early as possible, he said that while Rs. 12 crore had been set aside for improving the roads within the Municipal limits, Rs. 4.50 crore had been sanctioned to carry out patch works on the Gudalur-Mettupalayam highway.

In addition the state highways department has been allocated Rs. 20 crore to improve its roads in various parts of the district. Complaints of motorists being harassed at the toll station near Burliar would be looked into.

Stating that there was a plan to make the 2006 summer festival wear a new look, Mr.Misra said that the citizens would be made to play a major role in its organisation. Efforts would be made to keep various tourist spots like the Dolphin's nose, Dodabetta peak and Lamb's Rock litter free.

Measures to tackle the plastic menace would be made more stringent.

To a query on the jenmam land problem in Gudalur, he said that the help of the Central Empowered Committee had been sought to find a solution.

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