Basic facilities for tourists in Kodagu: committee

Basic facilities for tourists in Kodagu: committee

Local bodies should provide dustbins, says MLA Appacchu Ranjan

The District Tourism Committee on Saturday decided to provide minimum basic facilities to tourists at tourist places and at places of worship. The committee also decided to construct kitchens with the help of private parties and provide drinking water, LPG cylinder and toilet facilities to check tourists from preparing food beside the road at some tourist spots.

MLA M P Appacchu Ranjan said the tourists prepare food beside the road at Aanekadu on Kushalnagar-Madikeri Road, Gandhi Maidan, Bhagamandala and other places. After the meals, they throw empty bottles, plastic bags and left-over food in the vicinity and it leads to environment pollution. The local bodies should place dustbins to prevent dumping of the waste beside the road haphazardly, he demanded.
He said kitchens should be constructed for tourists on Kushalnagar-Bhagamandala-Gonikoppa stretch to help the tourists. The MLA said the district has ample opportunities for tourism. A proposal should be sent to the state government seeking funds for tourism promotion, he added.

Cleanliness matters
Deputy Commissioner Richard Vincent D’Souza, who chaired the meeting, said basic facilities should be provided to tourists to prevent them from preparing food on road sides. Superintendent of Police P Rajendra Prasad dustbins should be placed near the roads and boards bearing the message of cleanliness should be erected to create awareness on cleanliness among the tourists.

Homestay Association Vice President B G Ananthashayana said a kiosk providing details on tourist spots and places of worship should be set up in the district. The development works at Raja Seat and Nehru Park have not been completed. The homestay owners can register their homestays online by paying Rs 500 as fee. Before registering the homestays, no objection certificates should be obtained from the police and local bodies, he said.

Tourism Department Assistant Director C Jagannath said the state government has not issued any guidelines about the online registration of homestays. Agencies have been entrusted with the responsibility of registering homestays, he added. When MLA Appacchu Ranjan expressed displeasure at the inordinate delay in the work on Kodava Heritage Centre, the DC directed the PWD engineer to suspend the previous tender order and invite a new tender to complete the work.

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