THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A workshop to discuss the State governments tourism development plan for Munnar, held here on Monday, expressed concern that it would do irreparable damage to the ecology and climate pattern of this sensitive region in the Western Ghats.
Conservationists, media representatives, top tourism officials and representatives of the tourism industry attended the workshop organised by a foundation formed in the memory of the former chief of Kerala Forest Department N. Madhavan Pillai.
Tourism officials presented a brief outline of the draft tourism development plan the government had got up for implementing in Munnar region. According to it, tourism facilities/activities in Munnar and five adjoining panchayats are to be developed in a hub and spoke manner, part of the intention being decongestion of Munnar proper.
The Council of Ministers had last week given its consent to introduce an Ordinance for the takeover of over 1,000 acres (over 400 hectares) of land in the region for the purpose of implementing the tourism development plan and associated activities. The areas proposed to be notified for this project are spread across Munnar and five panchayats in several bits.