PUDUCHERRY: Tourism has dipped marginally by around two percent in 2015 years due to the rains in November and December, said Tourism Minister P Rajavelu . The inflow is under compilation and the dip is based on the visit of Tourists to Chunambar Boat houses and the feedback from Hotels. The exact figure would be known after compilation of all data. However the year end saw heavy flow of Tourist to Puducherry and by rough estimates the New year tourists is said to be 2 lakhs. This is almost double compared to previous year’s tourist inflow of just over a lakh during New year. The overall tourists flow during the previous year (2014) has been 12 lakhs, said the Minister .
On an average Chunamber Boat House and the Paradise Beach resort , as well as Le café and Sea Gulls run by the Puducherry government are fetching a direct revenue of Rs 81 lakhs per month, he said..
The tourist facility at Chunamber suffered heavy damages due to the rains . For its restoration of the tourism infrastructure , the tourism department has sought an assistance of Rs 14 .56 crores from centre . However the funds are yet to be made available , but the tourism has started the restoration work from its own funds, said Rajavelu. The dredging of the backwaters, reconstruction of floating jettys, construction of huts , pathyway and toilets at Paradise beach has been taken up. So far Rs 1.2 crore has already been spent in repair works , he said.