KANYAKUMARI: Steps will be taken to reopen all the tourist spots across the state after considering the impact of the third wave of Covid-19, tourism minister M Mathiventhan has said.
He was interacting with reporters in Kanyakumari after inspecting the Thiruvalluvar statue and other tourist spots in the district on Friday.
Stating that traders at tourist spots, who are completely dependent on the tourist flow, have been badly affected by the pandemic and lockdown from last year, the minister said that the government will work out a relief package and by arranging loans in consultation with the chief minister.
Stating that anti-corrosion chemical coating has to be painted on the 133-feet tall Thiruvalluvar statue once in four years, the minister accused the AIADMK government of neglecting its upkeep by not coating even beyond the scheduled four years. Project work for the coating work has been prepared and work will soon begin, he added.
Mathiventhan added that state-of-the-art laser show with lights and sound will be installed at the entrance of the statue to make it a night attraction as well. “Efforts will also be taken to implement rope car at the Thiruveni Sangamam,” he said. Tourism buses connecting all tourist spots in Kanyakumari district will be introduced.