The 133-foot-tall statue of Thiruvalluvar standing on a rock in the sea at Kanniyakumari will soon receive a chemical coating as it is essential to protect it from corrosion, Tourism Minister Mathiventhan said.
Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Mathiventhan said the previous AIADMK regime did not care to protect the statue from salty sea breezes and sea water by giving it a chemical coating in the over the past four years. Therefore, work would start very soon in addition to installing high power lights so that tourists can view the statue using spotlights.
The proposal to create a cable car to attract tourists to the “Triveni point” in Kanniyakumari, which has also been put in a cold room, would be revived.
He also said traders in tourist destinations, which had been hit hard due to the lockdown, would receive assistance and a loan after getting approval from Chief Minister MK Stalin.
The minister said that special tourist buses will be operated to connect all tourist destinations in Kanniyakumari district and asked the district tourism official to prepare a project report for the operation of a boat ride between Kanniyakumari and Manakkudi. , a neighboring coastal hamlet.
Information and Technology Minister T. Mano Thangaraj and collector M. Aravind accompanied Mr. Mathiventhan.