The district administration has proposed to use the abandoned railway line from Pamban to Dhanushkodi to lay road for the benefit of tourists visiting Rameswaram. The 10 to 12 km long stretch remained unused after rail connectivity to Dhanushkodi was devastated in 1964 and the tracks were removed.
Manoharan, Assistant Divisional Engineer, Karaikudi, Southern Railway, inspected the stretch on Wednesday and explored the possibility of laying a road along with Rameswaram Tahsildar M.Chandran, Special Tahsildar M.Abdul Jaffar, Mandapam Block Development Officer Chithra and tourism officer R Maruthupandian.
The administration proposed to lay the road connecting Pamban and Kunthukal with Danushkodi after obtaining no objection certificate from the Southern Railway and clearance from the Forest Department. The proposed 10 metre wide road would help boost tourism in the sector as those visiting Kunthukal could travel to Dhanushkodi, they said. Now, tourists and pilgrims find it difficult to reach Kunthukal and visit the Vivekananda memorial and marine aquarium there, they said. Kunthumal is all set to attract more tourists as the tourism department proposed to establish ‘Light and Sound’ show at Kunthukal at a cost of Rs. 4.5 crore to showcase the history of Rameswaram and build a hi-tech toilet structure at a cost of Rs. 70 lakhs.
Collector S. Natarajan said he had written to the Southern Railway seeking NoC. The administration would take steps to lay the road at the earliest, he said.
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