Vana Samrakshana Samithi volunteers routinely carry out cleaning drives and campaigns to convince visitors not to litter the place.
The Forest Department has some big plans for the beautiful and ecologically significant Ponmudi and nearby tourism destinations of Kallar and Mankayam.
The proposed plans range from declaring the hill station as a plastic-free zone along with restrictions on consumption of liquor on the hills, to installation of various tourist-friendly facilities. Some of the works are already being implemented. Authorities are also trying to get fine arts students to make paintings and awareness pictures at several points at all the three eco-tourism destinations.
Making Ponmudi a plastic-free zone
Already the efforts to make the hills a plastic-free zone have been started. Vana Samrakshana Samithi volunteers routinely carry out cleaning drives and campaigns to convince visitors not to litter the place. Signboards were put up at several points and there’s a hefty fine for those who litter the place. Two plastic treatment plants had already started functioning. Efforts to prevent drunken travellers from littering the place too were on.
More tourist attraction
More tourist attractions were afoot to lure more tourists. These include setting up tree houses and Ayurveda rejuvenation centres which will be run by local people. A watchtower and viewpoint were nearing completion at Ponmudi. Other projects include renovation of the amenity centre, an interpretation centre, and construction of three tourist huts. New trekking paths too have been introduced