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Tourism Dipped by Two PC in 2015

Published: 21st January 2016 07:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2016 07:14 PM   |  A+A-

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.

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