No e-pass for tourists travelling in govt. buses

 thehindu.com  09/16/2020 16:51:11 

Tourists travelling to Kodaikanal in government buses need not apply for e-pass and the order comes into immediate effect, said officials on Wednesday.

Public travelling to the hill station on their own vehicles or in tourist vehicles have to apply for e-pass through the tourist category online from the district administration.

Following requests and appeals from various stakeholders in the hill station, Collector M Vijayalakshmi assured last week that they would take it forward to the government.

After the State government relaxed the guidelines since September 1 on the e-pass system, which were imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic, the hill stations including Kodaikanal, Yercaud and Nilgris were not given the same treatment.

Tourists were told to take e-pass.

Therefore, tourist operators and hoteliers urged the government to withdraw the decision as it was a hindrance.

Kodaikanal Sub-Collector Sivaguru Prabakaran said that public cooperation was very essential in fighting COVID-19, especially in hill stations like Kodaikanal.

He said that more and more tourism spots would be thrown open to visitors after a review in a phased manner.

A senior official in the TNSTC (Dindigul division) said that they would operate more buses to Kodaikanal from Dindigul and Theni districts.

1000 e passes issued

An official at the Collectorate said that they had issued e-passes to at least 1000 applicants from various destinations under the tourist category on Wednesday.

This was being done so that the visitors were not fleeced.

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