Puducherry, Dec 5:
Puducherry Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Saturday suggested that a statue of national poet Subramania Bharathi, on the lines of ‘Statue of Unity’ erected for Sardar Vallabhai Patel in Gujarat, be built on the sea shore in the union territory to attract tourists and called for a comprehensive policy to develop the sector in the union territory.
Addressing participants at the one-day conclave of ‘stakeholders of tourism’, organised by the Department of Tourism here, she said Puducherry had rich potential to develop the sector. “Natural resources available here and also the promising spiritual and medical sectors also offer good scope for developing Puducherry into a spiritual and medical tourism centre,” she said.
The Lt Governor also said that a film city could be created in Puducherry so that movies and TV serials could be produced which would ensure flow of revenue to the exchequer.
She said she had also made out a strong case for expansion of the airport here and also operating ferry services between Karaikal and Jaffna (Sri Lanka). “I made this plea while participating in the meeting of the South Zone Chief Ministers’ conclave held in Tirupati recently. I will follow it up by requesting the Centre to expand the runway in Puducherry airport’, she said.