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Suruli Falls will fall short of nothing to become a major tourist centre

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Infrastructure will be developed, says Collector at summer festival The construction of a bridge across the Suruli river at a cost of Rs.45 lakhs has increased tourist flow to the falls manifold.



WARM OPENING: The Theni Collector, Rajesh Lakhoni, delivering an inaugural address at the summer festival at Suruli falls near Cumbum on Saturday.

THENI: : Infrastructure will be enhanced and road connectivity from other tourist spots to the falls improved to make Suruli Falls a major tourist centre in the district, said the Collector, Rajesh Lakhoni.

Inaugurating a summer festival at Suruli falls near Cumbum on Saturday, he said that solar lights would be installed on the road leading to the falls.

Already, cooking room, dressing room, concrete floor at the bathing place, and cement steps were constructed with the MP local area development fund and parapat walls along the falls were also strengthened to provide adequate protection to tourists. Construction of a bridge across the Suruli river at a cost of Rs.45 lakhs had increased tourist flow to the falls manifold. The Cumbum-Suruli falls road would be taken up for renovation shortly with the MP local area development fund. A sum of Rs.35 lakhs had been sanctioned for this road project.

Already, work on converting Kombai, one of the major cardamom-producing centres, into `Spices Tourists' centre was in progress. Special arrangements would be made to enable tourists from different parts of the country to see cardamom plantations, production, processing and packing. High quality cardamom would also be sold in attractive packing at the centre. Creation of such facility would not only attract tourists to the district but also act as a sales centre to enable cardamom growers to have better price for their produce. More facility would be created in the Kumbakarai falls also. Already feasibility study had started to make the Veerappa Iyyanar falls a tourist attraction.

The District Revenue Officer, R. Madasamy, criticised the Forest Department for its protest against implementing developmental activities in the Suruli falls. Without providing facilities, it would be difficult to attract tourists, he said. The Forest Department should allow others to provide at least basic facilities to tourists. He appealed to forest officials to cooperate in creating facilities.

The Cumbum MLA, O. R. Ramachandran, urged the district administration to renovate all link roads and lay new road to the falls.

Rajya Sabha MPs Thangathamizhselvan and S.P.M. Syed Khan, the district panchayat chairman, P. Chellamuthu and others spoke.

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