OOTY: The citizens forum here and others concerned about the hill station’s tourism development have urged the government to take steps to establish a cable car facility in Ooty to further promote tourism in the hills with the aid of modern technology.
Stating that in this era of technological advancement, there is a need
to blend technology-oriented tourist attractions with the hill environs to make tourism more attractive, Mr. S.K.Selvaraj, founder of the Universal Affectionates’ Association, said that across the globe importance was being given to promote tourism in big way and it was time to bring attractions like a cable car to Ooty.
“There were talks in the past here about bringing in cable car facility. But, unfortunately no one pursued the project with zest. Now, it is high time the tourism department should give a re-think on this project, to ensure that such cable car facility, which is a simple aerial transit system to ferry tourists for a short distance area covering about a couple of kilometers, was making its way in the hills to make it the new era tourism attraction in the hills. Doddabetta-Ketti Valley, Boat House and Pykara area are the best suitable places to launch cable car project to add more meaning to tourism development in the hills. When such a facility is available in Darjeeling hills in the north, it can be tried in Ooty,” he advocated.
Echoing the same sentiments, Mr.Rohit Jain, Past President of Citizens
Forum of Ooty said that laying the cable car facility in Ketti Valley
View point would enhance the tourism potential of that area.
“Ketti Valley is one of the largest valleys in Asia. Aerial transport
through cable car in this area would be a boost and enable the tourists to enjoy the magnificent view of the valley as well as the hills and woods around. Now, when India is proving to the world that it is second to none in either developing or possession of modern technology, the tourism department should take steps to establish cable car facility at the earliest, in the hills here” he said.