Tourism: Safety measures stepped up in Ooty lake

Boating sans life jacket will not be permitted, says Minister

Udhagamandalam: Consequent to the recent Thekkady boat tragedy in which several lives were lost, safety measures have been stepped up in the Ooty lake, according to the Khadi Board Minister, K. Ramachandran.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, the Minister who is in charge of the Nilgiris district said that henceforth boating sans life jackets will not be permitted. Pointing out that there were now about 75 jackets, he said that orders have been placed for 500 more.

Inspection: The Khadi Board Minister, K. Ramachandran, at the Ooty lake on Wednesday. — Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Inspection: The Khadi Board Minister, K. Ramachandran, at the Ooty lake on Wednesday. — Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

In view of the second season which is now in progress and the proposed autumn festival later this month, instructions have been issued to improve the surroundings of the lake.

Pointing out that various agencies like the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC), the Municipality, the Public Works Department and the Forest Department are now taking care of different aspects of the lake and the boat house, he said that efforts would be made to put in place a coordinating machinery with the approval of the Deputy Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin, who is likely to be here during the first week of December.

Stating that under a beautification scheme footpaths extending over about 250 metres had been laid along the far end of the lake, Mr. Ramachandran said that during the second phase it would be extended by 400 metres. Simultaneously landscaping is being done by the Department of Horticulture. The total income of the Ooty lake now is about Rs. 3.50 crore.

The Davis Park, the Subash Chandra Bose Park and the park near Central bus stand created by the civic administration at a total cost of Rs. 55 lakh would be thrown open to the public on November 5.

Earlier, Mr. Ramachandran inspected various works being carried out in the lake. Among those who accompanied him were the Coonoor MLA, A. Soundarapandian, and the Chairman, Udhagamandalam Municipal Council, R. Rajendran.


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