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Tourist-friendly autos ride into oblivion

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Autorickshaws sporting 'Incredible India' banners, launched as a tourist-friendly measure in 2009, have almost vanished in Tiruchi city.

Out of 26 such autorickshaws that were given permits to run with the inscription at the initiative of the then Secretary of Tamil Nadu Tourism and Culture Department, only two ply now — one at Central Bus Stand and the other in Srirangam.

Hundreds of autorickshaw drivers and operators were invited for a meeting at the Collectorate for a sensitisation programme on tapping tourism potential, and 120 of them evinced interest. Of them, 26 were chosen based on their crime-free status.

The idea was to make the autos the preferred choice of travel for foreign nationals touring Tiruchi. However, the euphoria lost momentum soon after.

The hotels did not pass on the numbers of these auto-drivers to visiting foreign nationals, and the authorities too failed to fulfil their promise of earmarking exclusive stands for them at the Railway Junction and bus stands.

The saving grace is that the two autodrivers who continue to operate the vehicles are determined to remain tourist-friendly. “Though we charge them as any other customers, we are considerate towards tourists, especially visitors from abroad," Venkatachalam (42), who operates his three-wheeler at the Central Bus Stand, said.

After a run for about eight years, the autos are wearing out.

“Since the Transport Department expressed inability to register a new auto with the same 'tourist-friendly' permit, we two have opted to operate the vehicles by carrying out maintenance though at times it turns costly,” Venkatachalam said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tir ... 002293.ece


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Pachamalai expects to see more tourists during winter

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The Forest Department in the district is anticipating more tourist arrivals during winter months to Pachamalai hills where 'tree-top' rest houses have been constructed.

Ever since four tree-top rest houses, each with capacity to accommodate four visitors, and a dormitory where up to 15 persons can stay, were constructed last year, there has been a steady stream of visitors from various parts of the State and also Bengaluru.

The rest houses, in fact, are supported by concrete pillars painted to look like tree trunks, and sync well with the greenery on a ten-acre expanse at Keelakarai village.

The project also includes an elaborate renovation of a British-era guest house where also people can stay. Work on a mushroom-type rest house at the location is in progress, official sources said.

There are a good number of visitors from Tiruchi, Namakkal and a few other districts who come in the morning and leave by evening. As the spot is located at just 85-km distance from Tiruchi and 35 km from Thuraiyur, not much time is taken for travel, a senior Forest department official said.

Those who stay go on trekking trail for about three kilometres escorted by Forest department personnel. Those visiting during the course of the day go to the water falls area and have bath.

The department charges Rs. 2,000 a day from visitors choosing to stay in the ‘tree-top’ rest house. For the dormitory, Rs. 4,000 is charged for a day.

Food needs of the visitors are taken care of by the Eco Tourism Management Committee consisting of locals that also handles the revenue.

Nestled at an altitude between 500 and 1000 metres above sea level, the hills cannot be compared to Ooty, Kodaikanal and Yercaud, but Pachamalai is definitely a better choice for people who like the serene greenery away from polluting atmosphere, forest officials said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 978847.ece


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Tourism Dept. mulls reviving ‘Bread and Breakfast’ Scheme

The Incredible India Bed and Breakfast/Homestay Establishments scheme of the Union Ministry of Tourism to attract tourists in a bigger way has understandably kindled the interest of Tamil Nadu's Tourism Department to pursue a similar initiative it had tried unsuccessfully a few years ago.

According to State Tourism Department sources, the initiative launched during 2005-06 had to be abandoned in Tiruchi district and elsewhere in the State as the quality of accommodation the houses identified for the scheme did not match up to the specified standards in terms of food quality, privacy, safety, proximity and a few other factors.

There was less conformity to the main requirement of owners to live in the houses where a portion is rented out for the scheme though the main objective was to enable the visitors to live with Indian families and have a first-hand feel of the local culture.

The Bed and Breakfast (Homestay) scheme was formulated to encourage locals to participate in tourism promotion and also increasing the room capacity in the State, in the backdrop of Tamil Nadu being projected as enchanting destination for holidaying in southern India.

According to official statistics, more than 25 million domestic tourists and 1.8 million foreign tourists visit Tamil Nadu every year. Thirty per cent of the foreign tourists visiting India also visit Tamil Nadu.

With connectivity to foreign destinations improving significantly in recent years, there was enormous scope for implementing the Central scheme in right earnest, according to official circles.

The Union Tourism Ministry, sources said, is keen to promote the scheme to provide a clean and affordable place for foreigners and domestic tourists alike to stay with families and experience the country's customs and traditions and relish authentic Indian cuisine.

While providing flexibility to the homestay service providers to fix the rent, the State Tourism department lays emphasis on reasonable tariff.

The State Tourism Department is hopeful of linking visitors to homestay facilities in the coming years through the counters it operates at the Tiruchi International Airport and the Railway Junction.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tir ... 926642.ece


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More than 10,000 avian visitors touch down in Karaivetti wetlands

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It's that time of the year for early birds to show up in the Karaivetti wetlands near Thirumanoor in Ariyalur district.

Though the actual season for the winged visitors to take a pit stop at one of the largest fresh water bird sanctuary will commence only in November, ample rainfall in the vicinity along with inflow in the Cauvery owing to water released from Mettur dam, has attracted the avian visitors more in numbers much ahead than the previous year.

Forest department officials stated that at present 10,290 birds were found in the facility and that they were expecting more in the ensuing months as water availability is conducive to accommodate the visitors.

Ever since Karaivetti was declared a bird sanctuary in 1999, under the chapter IV of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, it remains as one of the biggest fresh water bird sanctuaries in the state with area spread over 453 hectares.

Karaivetti being an irrigating tank receives Cauvery water through the Pullambadi canal that marks its own course from Mukkombu (Upper Anaicut).

The water body, once recharged by the north east monsoon, can hold fresh water up to 10ft in depth serving the irrigation needs of cultivation fields in Melakkavatankurichi , Avansuthamalli, and Keezhakkavatankurichi hamlets near Paluvur.

Ornithologists said that the bird sanctuary serves as an energy feeder for migratory birds to sustain inter-continental voyage and also to reach nearby bird sanctuaries in Vaduvoor and Kodiyakkarai in Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts for a short stay.

Though the onset of north east monsoon in Ariyalur is awaited, it is said that the first two weeks of November would witness the congregation of migratory birds flocking the fresh water sanctuary.

However, this year, ample rainfall and adequate quantum of water in the lake is said to have attracted early birds including migratory breeds such as bar-headed goose, shoveler, and pin-tailed duck in large numbers. At least 188 bird species were said to be recorded in the sanctuary in the past years including northern pintail, large egret, grey pelican, pond heron, black winged stilt and tern species.

"The peculiarity of the Karaivetti bird sanctuary is the abundance of fresh water snails which provides the required calcium, fat and protein for the migratory birds to sustain long voyage.

Though Karaivetti was one of the finest fresh water ecosystems, awareness among people about such sanctuary is very low. The district administration should promote the infrastructure in the sanctuary further," said Q Ashoka Chakkravarthy, field biologist visiting Karaivetti.

An official source in the forest department said that around 10,290 birds including a few migratory birds from Russia and arctic region and as well as local birds were spotted by the forest department rangers at the Karaivetti sanctuary.

"As the water availability is good, more number of birds have started flocking the fresh water body. If the north east monsoon lashes the vicinity, we can expect heavy attendance of winged visitors till February," said A S Mohanram, district forest officer, Ariyalur.



source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/more-than-10000-avian-visitors-touch-down-in-karaivetti-wetlands/articleshow/61192665.cms


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Amid nature’s bounty---Sittanavasal

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Pleasure tripFamilies enjoying a boat ride in the serene waters of the boating and rafting site at Chithannavasal , Pudukottai, on Saturday.Photo: M. Moorthy


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CZA seeks minor changes in Trichy zoological park design

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While the upcoming zoological park in Trichy has been awaiting funds for next stage of construction, minor revision are being carried out in terms of its design as suggested by concerned authorities.

Proposed in 2010, the zoological park in Trichy spanning 62 hectares will be the fifth zoological park under the zoo authority in Tamil Nadu if completed. Located at a distance of 32 km from the Trichy city towards Chennai, the zoo is coming up in the reserve forest in M R Palayam.

A total Rs 2.4 crore has already been spent to carry out fencing and other preliminary works at the proposed site. Besides erecting four enclosures to accommodate deer species, formation of walkways, zoo entrance, overhead tank and a cloak room have been built.

Work on further developing the zoological park is possible only after funds are sanctioned, said a senior official with the forest department, adding that a proposal from the forest department to carry second phase of work to the tune of Rs7 crore is pending with the state government for sanction of funds.

Meanwhile, Central Zoo Authority of India (CZA) and Zoo Authority of Tamil Nadu had asked for minor revision in the proposal submitted by the forest department.

As per norms the zoo must provide proper waste disposal system for treating both solid and liquid waste generated in each enclosure. "We were asked to make minor changes in the design of cages and installation of effluent treatment plant at the zoological park. Moreover, the built up area in any zoo shall not exceed 25 per cent of the total area of the zoo," said the official.

CZA shall grant recognition with due regard to the interests of protection and conservation of wild life and such standards, norms and other matters has to been followed, added the official.

When TOI contacted state minister for forest Dindigul C Sreenivasan over phone on the delay in work due to lack of funds, he refused to comment on it.



source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/cza-seeks-minor-changes-in-trichy-zoological-park-design/articleshow/61094969.cms


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