Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister, Ok. Ramachandran, inspected the Doddabetta Peak to establish the feasibility of a cable automobile undertaking operating between Doddabetta Peak and Manthada.
However, considerations over the environmental impression of the tasks have been raised by native conservationists.
Mr. Ramachandran instructed presspersons that the feasibility for a cable-car system of round 1.74 km was being studied. The Minister additionally mentioned that safer obstacles are being imported and that steps to make the world safer are additionally being undertaken. District collector, S.P.Amrith and Director of tourism, Sandeep Nanduri and B. Chandra Mohan, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Culture, and Religious Endowments Department have been additionally current.
Mr. Ramachandran additionally visited the Hindustan Photo Films (HPF) manufacturing facility the place there are plans to construct an journey park.
The plans by the federal government have been met with blended reactions with many conservationists anxious that the tasks will have an effect on forest areas and wildlife habitats. The defunct HPF manufacturing facility is dwelling to quite a lot of wildlife, together with Indian gaur, Sambar deer, leopards and sloth bear. There are considerations that the cable automobile can even necessitate destroying Shola forests alongside the Doddabetta slopes, mentioned G. Janardhanan, President of the Ooty Public Awareness Association.
Mr. Janardhanan mentioned that current tasks just like the Ooty Government Medical College and Hospital had destroyed forest habitats utilized by wildlife inside Udhagamandalam city, and that the tasks within the HPF manufacturing facility and the Doddabetta Peak would additional impression native ecology.
N. Mohanraj, a Nilgiris-based conservationist, mentioned the cable automobile undertaking could be extra useful if it was to be applied as a mass transit system between Mettupalayam and Udhagamandalam. “The cable car could extend to Mettupalayam from Udhagamandalam. This way, there would be fewer cars coming to Udhagamandalam and as a consequence, fewer vehicles even during the peak tourist season,” he mentioned.