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Tourism Promotion Activities for Rs.1.06 crore in Tuticorin

Tuticorin district is home to several historically important places. Among them, the heritage towns of Kulasekarapattinam and Ettayapuram will get a facelift before the end of this financial year, as Department of Tourism is set to take up tourism promotion activities at these places on a total outlay of Rs.1.06 crore.

Official sources said that as part of the project, a park would be established at the historic Kulasekarapattinam town at Rs.44 lakh, to augment recreational activities along the beach. The town once boasted a minor port having commerce with Sri Lanka. The port lost its importance with the development of a major port in Tuticorin. The borough is also known for the popular ‘Dasara festival.’ Of the total cost allocated for setting up the park, Rs.11.55 lakh will be earmarked to establish ornamental structures like statues and artificial mountains in the park. Garden and elegantly trimmed lawn will be built at Rs.6.30 lakh. A amount of Rs.2 lakh from the allocation would be utilised to establish play materials like swings and slides for children and Rs.4.05 lakh to provide drinking water as well as toilet facilities to the visitors. A compound wall for the park will be constructed at Rs.5.10 lakh and illuminations will be installed at the recreation area at a cost of Rs.7.05 lakh. The remaining amount will be used for the establishment of a black top road (approach road) to connect the park to the nearest arterial road, to a length of about one kilometre.

The tourism potential of Ettayapuram, the town which houses the memorial and ‘illam’ (home) of the great poet Subramaniya Bharatiar, will be augmented at a cost of Rs.62 lakh. The project works to be taken up under the package include establishment of a rest shed, drainage facilities and improvement of water supply as well as roads in the town.

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