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Committee to ensure tourists' safety, protect environment

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/article3382513.ece
 
04 May 2012

Udhagamandalam: The South division of the Nilgiris Forest Department has put in place a plan of action to streamline tourism in its scenic spots.

According to District Forest Officer, the Nilgiris South, Anurag Misra, the number of people visiting places such as Avalanchi, Lakkidi and their surroundings to enjoy the scenery and see the wild animals is steadily increasing.

In order to ensure the safety of tourists and protect the environment, an ‘Avalanchi Eco Development Committee' had been formed. The residents of Toda munds (hamlets) in Mullimund and Theppakadu and forest staff were members of the Committee. Tourists would be permitted to visit Avalanchi and Lakkidi only in approved vehicles operated by the Committee. On no account, would private vehicles be allowed, Mr. Misra added.

A fee of Rs. 150 per head would be collected. Pointing out that the new arrangement would come into force on May 5, he urged visitors to extend their cooperation to the Committee. Mr. Misra said that tourists were also permitted to visit Cairn Hill near here and a Village Forest Committee would collect Rs. 5 per head. Bird watching would be organised on weekends at 8 a.m. Only ten persons would be allowed. A fee of Rs. 100 per head would be collected.