Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is the first State in the country to create basic infrastructure and amenities for the disabled in tourism centres, thereby setting itself as a role model for others, said Kadakampally Surendran, State Tourism Minister, here the other day.
Speaking after unveiling the new initiatives of Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society (TEPS) at a function here, the Minister unveiled a Braille Brochure on the attractive spots at Thenmala and a video brochure in sign language.
Surendran also launched the refurbished website of Thenmala ecotourism. Besides, the Minister unveiled ‘Buddha Mayuri Corner’ set up at Butterfly Safari at Thenmala that gives information on host and nectar plants regarding State’s butterfly ‘Buddha Mayuri’, a guiding mobile application on android platform, and description boards about deer species, to be put up at Deer Rehabilitation Centre, Ottakkal, Thenmala.
“So far over 100 tourism centres in the State have been equipped with disabled-friendly facilities. It’s the objective of the Tourism Directorate to make all tourism centres disabled-friendly,” the Minister added. Noting that Thenmala is the first planned ecotourism destination in the country, he also unveiled the Thenmala holiday tour package by handing over a copy of it to P Bala Kiran IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism.
K Muraleedharan MLA presided over the function. Pramod P P, IFS, Director of Ecotourism, Government of Kerala, welcomed the gathering. In his address, Bala Kiran said the Tourism Minister will inaugurate disabled- friendly infrastructure facilities set up in over 100 tourism centres on March 4. “The facilities include ramps, wheel-chairs and toilets. It took eight months to complete the project,” he added.
Baby Mathew, President, Kerala Travel Mart; E M Najeeb, Senior Vice President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), S Biju, Member, Executive Committee, TEPS, among others, were present at the event.