The operations in Munnar to resume encroachment Government land and demolish unauthorized structures show the audacity of the
government on one side and on the other side, it raises several questions related to the tourism industry.
Around 30 resorts have already been demolished and several hotels and resorts have been served eviction notice by
the Special Task Force. As the season is at its peak, shortage of rooms is affecting the itinerary of both the domestic and foreign tourists alike. According to the government records 44,24,82 tourists visited Munnar last year, out of which 44,64, 88 were domestic
and 5,994 foreign tourists. Compared to last year, the number of tourists is doubled this year in Munnar. One reason is that the Munnar Top Station-Kodaikkanal road is almost completed, which will drastically reduce the
distance between Munnar and Kodaikkanal by half and another reason is it is that extremely hot in many other
cities throughout the country. So Munnar becomes a natural choice.
Tourist guides who arrange board
facilities say that a number of tourists are found sleeping on roadsides in their vehicles due to non-availability of rooms. As Munnar has less private
holdings, it is left to the district administration to increase the accommodation facility.
The State Government has also declared the
master plan for the development of Munnar as an eco-friendly major tourism destination which helps the tourists to enjoy the next season to