Aralam | Photo: Madhuraj/ Mathrubhumi
Kannur: The Aralam eco tourism project which was proposed to conserve biodiversity and tribal artforms in the region has not progressed since its announcement. The tourism department had prepared a plan document for the project which also included a tribal museum.
Rs 20 crore has been estimated to be the cost of the eco tourism project. However, the developmental works stalled and the tourism department blames the protests of tribal organisations as a hindrance to realising the project. Meanwhile, the department was accused of launching the project without conducting a feasibility study. The officials allegedly failed to communicate regarding the aim of the project and the prospects it offers to tribal families.
Certain tribal organisations in the locality allege that the government has been attempting to exploit tribal areas for the sake of tourism projects.
According to the plan document, the project comprises a 20 acres garden of medicinal plants, amusement park, folk theatre, manufacturing and sales of tribal handicraft products, water ride, butterfly park, bullock cart safari, and restaurants. SC/ST affairs and tourism jointly decided to raise the funds.