Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar has inaugurated retro-reflective signboards at Kovalam, launching a state-wide project for helping tourists to find their way around the state’s tourist spots.
The plan is to install a total of 1,700 such boards in various districts over the next two months, he said. The boards display the distances to the main tourist centres with their photographs.
For installing the retro-reflective signboards, the government has allocated Rs 4.46 crore. The National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) has been entrusted with this work. The boards also feature QR Codes, which will enable tourists to log on to the relevant links on the Tourism Department’s website.
According to the Tourism Minister, the government was planning various projects for the development of Kovalam.
This includes a Rs 14-crore water supply which has already been announced for the region. The government also hopes to complete the installation of 1,000 biogas plants in houses in Kovalam soon, the Minister said.
An additional amount of Rs 8 crore also has been sanctioned for overall development of this coastal region, according to him. Kovalam MLA Jameela Prakasam presided over the function.
Tourism Director Harikishore and other officials were present on the occasion.