With the government of Tamil Nadu planning to convert the tourism industry into a lucrative one, existing and upcoming tourist spots in the district will get a welcome and sufficient facelift, said Cumbum N. Eramakrishnan, Chairman of the Records Commission of the Tamil Nadu Assembly on the table in the House. , said.
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, he said the state government, which has given top priority to promoting tourism in the state to attract more visitors and make the industry lucrative, has proposed to create better facilities at all tourist sites in the state. Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary, which was recently declared a Ramsar site by the Union Government, will benefit from more facilities as the State Government has decided to make it a major tourist site for the bird watchers and students.
The hitherto neglected park near the Manimuthar Dam, which attracted tourists year-round, was soon to become an “Eco Park” with tourist-friendly amenities, Mr Eramakrishnan said.
Work on the long-awaited museum to showcase ‘Porunai Civilization’, the ancient civilization that flourished along the Tamirabharani stream 3,000 years ago, will begin shortly in the outskirts of Tirunelveli. The proposed museum would be a major attraction for visitors as it would tell the world about the 3,000-year-old Tamil civilization.
In Courtallam, Tenkasi district, development works would be carried out at an outlay of Rs. 14 crore after getting the green light from the government.
He praised the efforts of the Tirunelveli district administration to resuscitate neglected irrigation canals and water bodies across the district as part of its “Nellai Neervalam” initiative, which is executed with public participation. .
“Tirunelveli district administration, which is reviving previously neglected water bodies, has de-sanded the Maanur Periyakulam feeder canals to secure water needed to irrigate more than 5,000 acres of land in this area. Additionally, the removal of encroachments and restoration of irrigation canals ensured the free flow of water in 99 irrigation reservoirs under the Hanuman River in Radhapuram taluk,” Mr. Eramakrishnan said.
As the state government was giving due attention to increasing food grain production, 8.52 crore kilograms of paddy were procured from Tirunelveli district by Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation from 10,232 farmers in the last fiscal year, he said.
As the committee discussed in detail the business dealings of the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation and the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Eramakrishnan asked TNCSC officials to submit the accounts for 2020-2021 ahead of the Assembly session in November.
District Collector V. Vishnu said an aquarium would be established at the premises of the District Science Center at an expenditure of Rs. 5 crores and ongoing work on the restoration of ‘Maedai Police Station’, a heritage structure , would be completed within 2 weeks.
“With the upcoming tourist attractions such as ‘Porunai Museum’, Manimuthar Dam ‘Ecological Park’ and attractive features of Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary, Tirunelveli district will become a much sought-after tourist destination and find a place permanently on the tourist map for the next two years. said Mr. Vishnu.
District Forest Officer Murugan, Additional Assembly Secretary Ravichandran, MP Palayamkottai M. Abdul Wahab, Mayor PM Saravanan and senior officials attended the meeting.