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Two villages identified for rural tourism project

R. Sairam

Village life, a big draw among foreigners, says official

— Photo: K. Ganesan

LIKELY CHOICE: Kalamega Perumal Temple at Tirumogur near Madurai will be included in the tourism project.

MADURAI: Tiruvadavur and Tiruvedagam villages in Madurai district have been identified for the implementation of ‘Rural Tourism’ project of the Union Ministry of Tourism.

To attract foreign tourists to Indian villages, the Ministry has asked State governments to send a list of villages with potential for developing tourism from each district.

The villages are chosen by the district administration and State Tourism Department.

Funding

“If these places get sanction, a sum of around Rs.50 lakh will be released from the Union Ministry for upgrading the infrastructure in these villages,” says K. Dharmaraj, Tourist Officer.

Some of the other places likely to be considered at a later stage include Tirumogur, Keezhakuyilkudi and the Gandhi Niketan Ashram at T. Kallupatti. Care will be taken to ensure that development work does not affect the traditional village way of life, which is the major draw among foreigners.

Water tanks

Proposed works include construction of water tanks, provision of sanitation facilities, information hoardings, lighting and improvement of connectivity to village. Retaining walls, if needed, will also be constructed.

Mr. Dharmaraj says a reception centre to provide information will also be constructed. It will also have accommodation facility.

NGO to be roped in

The execution of the project will be handed over to a local non-governmental organisation as they would know the terrain better.

“For these two villages, we have sought a detailed project report from the NGO roped in for the purpose.”

“The places were chosen in consultation with the Collector, S.S. Jawahar, who has evinced keen interest in the project. The proposal has been sent through him,” he adds.

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