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Scramble for dormitory

The eco-tourism project at Pachamalai has started attracting tourists and nature lovers.

The construction of dormitory with an occupancy capacity of 20 persons has been much sought after by tourists, according to officials. “Advance booking is made to occupy the dormitory as a large number of persons from a single or group of families can be accommodated here,” the official said. It is only during the week-end that a large number of tourists visit Pachamalai. The availability of a large number of herbs and shrubs in the hills has come as a pleasant surprise to tourists. The Forest Department executed the scheme as part of the ‘Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project,” the official said.

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Need to protect fossil deposits spread over Karai and Kolakanatham has been stressed by environmentalists.

Spread over 107.22 acres in these villages, the fossils are one of the oldest and most ancient deposits. It is here that a vast stretch is available in a more cogent manner. The deposits date back to 20 to 30 million years. There is no habitation in the vicinity and the deposits are found in an interior village branching off from Irur on the Tiruchi - Chennai National Highway.

The Geological Survey of India had advised the district administration to protect the fossil deposits. “It is only here that complete shape of marine wealth is available intact while in other areas fossils are in a more fragmented shape,” an official said.

The Tourism Department had declared Karai - Kolakanatham fossils deposit area as ‘Geological Heritage Site.’

The salient feature of deposits here is that they are of ‘type section’ variety which means that the shape of the marine animals had been found deposited in complete shape without getting fragmented.

A visit revealed that there are mounds of deposits all over. A board had been set up explaining the importance of this ancient monument. However, no fence had been provided so far.

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Many posts in new tourism offices lying vacant

State government created tourism offices in 14 districts

Almost a year has passed since the State government created tourism offices in 14 districts including Pudukottai and Perambalur. However, the government is yet to post officers and construct permanent buildings for them.

The new tourism offices were created based on the announcement made by former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the State Assembly, with a view to promote tourism, organise tours, identify new potential tourist places and create tourist-friendly facilities at the popular tourist and picnic spots. Besides Pudukottai and Perambalur, new offices were created in Sivaganga, Tiruvallur, Erode and Namakkal.

As per the existing system, each tourism office should have a sanctioned strength of 6 staff such as Tourism Officer, Assistant Tourism Officer, Assistant, Junior Assistant, Office Assistant and a watchman. However, no new office has more than one staff member.

According to sources, as far as Perambalur office is concerned, all posts except Assistant Tourism Officer are vacant.

Similar is the case with the Pudukottai Tourism Office. Except the Tourism Officer post, all others are vacant since its creation.

Similarly, there are 32 Tourism Officer posts in the State including those for outstation (other State duty) officers.

However, there are just 18 Tourism Officers on duty. Remaining posts are lying vacant.

In Tiruchi, the home town of Tourism Minister Vellamandi N. Natarajan, the Tourism Officer post is lying vacant for a long time. It is being looked after by the Tourism Officer of Pudukottai as an additional charge.

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TCC to Re-develop and Beautify 4 Parks in Trichy City at a cost of Rs 2.64 Crores


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Plan to develop Sithannavasal

The Tourism Department will take up a plan to provide additional amenities to tourists at Sithannavasal near here.

The amenities, among other things, will include provision of cottages, toilets, street lights, roads from the village up to the rock-cut temple, said Vellamandi N. Natarajan, Minister for Tourism.

Addressing tourists at Sithannavasal after listening to their suggestions, he said that Sithannavasal was one of the major tourism destinations in the state. Although some endeavour had been taken in the past, the site needed more facilities. There was a strong case for laying a road from the Sithannavasal upto the rock-cut temple for which Rs. 1.80 crore would be allotted.

C. Vijaya Baskar, Minister for Health, also spoke.

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Pachamalai turns tourists’ choice

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Eco-tourism project goes a long way in exploiting tourism potential

Pachamalai in the district, about 90 km from here on the border of Tiruchi and Salem districts, has turned to be a centre of tourist attraction, thanks to the eco-tourism project implemented by the Forest Department.

With the completion of the work on the construction of tree-top houses, dormitory and interpretation centre besides development of waterfalls, the whole of Pachamalai has turned to be a tourism-attraction centre. “The strength of the tourists visiting the hills and camping here has been maximum during the weekend. The dormitory is almost full to its capacity,” says aForest Department official.

The Department had provided various amenities to the tourists as part of the eco-tourism project implemented under the Tamil Nadu Bio-diversity and Greening Programme. The work was taken up about three years ago and was completed about six months back.

The serene climate and landscape in the area has been adding to the attraction.

Tourists’ demands

A section of tourists at the hills told The Hindu on Friday that there was a strong case for opening a petrol pump in the hills. Uppliyapuram and Athur are the major towns where petrol pumps are located. Among them, Uppliyapuram is nearer to the tourism area. “We advise the tourists to prefer Uppliyapuram to Athur,” say the Forest officials.

Further, there has been a strong demand for starting restaurants. Although the canteen run by the Forest Department caters to the demands, the need for starting restaurants and hotels has been on the rise, they say indicating that the strength of tourists visiting the Pachamalai hills is likely to increase in the future.

According to official sources, there has been a plan to set up a petrol pump in the Pachamalai area through cooperative society. Once the proposal is cleared and approved, the work on setting up the pump will be taken up. Presently, the waterfalls has dried up due to failure of monsoon. But, once the monsoon sets in, the falls will realise copious flow, the source adds.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 349646.ece


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