DTPC's lapses to promote tourism in Thrissur draw flak

A bus of DTPC parked in Thumboormuzhi

Thrissur: The operations of Thrissur District Tourism Promotion Council have turned namesake for the past few years. Though the district has high tourism potential, no new projects were rolled out since 2019. Thrissur is the only district where the council has its secretary post remain vacant now.

Though the council had conducted monsoon safari, jungle safari, boat services and Nalambalam pilgrimage (visit to four sets of temples in Ernakulam), only the jungle safari from Thumboormuzhi continues now.

The buses which were deployed for the jungle and monsoon safaris are lying redundant on the premises of certain government offices. This is the same in the case of boats here. In 2021, Mathrubhumi had reported about a speed boat getting perished in the waters at Sarayu bank in Thriprayar. A houseboat that was brought from Chettuva and a boat lying in Peechi dam also continue in the same condition.

Delaying tourism projects

Peringadu- Chettuva eco-tourism circuit project launched by the DTPC in Thrissur is proceeding at a snail’s pace. This circuit includes the Chettuva river, bird sanctuary, mangrove forests, Chettuva fort and temples like Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple. The tourism director had administered the district tourism deputy director to submit a Detailed Project Report of the project by January 1, 2021. But, the DPR has not been filed yet.

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