Homestays, resorts in Kodagu to be closed till Aug 31

Homestays, resorts in Kodagu to be closed till Aug 31

Agency News

Madikeri, Karnataka, June 2: As a precautionary measure, some of taluks in the Kodagu district have issued notices to homestay and resort owners advising them not to host tourists until August 31 to avoid any eventuality during monsoon.

It was said that over 21 homestays and one resort in Makkandur have been served notices by Makkandur Panchayat telling them not to operate their guest facility till August 31 as the place is prone to landslides.The officials had also warned homestay and resort owners that if the orders are violated, they will be solely responsible for tourists’ safety in case of a natural calamity.

Earlier the Kodagu District Administration held a meeting with scientists from Geological Survey of India and other weather experts where they told Deputy Commissioner Annies Kanmani Joy and other authorities that there would be floods and landslips here this year too. They suggested that as a precautionary measure, homestays, resorts and hotels operating in hilly areas must be closed till August 31.Following the footsteps of Makkandur Gram Panchayat, several other Panchayats including K Nidugane, Galibeedu, Hattihole, Kaloor, Monnangeri, Second Monnangeri and Hebbatageri are likely to take similar steps to avoid any disaster during monsoon.

However, the owners of homestays and resorts have urged the authorities to reconsider their orders, stating that that after last year’s disaster, they had spent lakhs of rupees to renovate the damaged facilities. (UNI)