Wayanad, May 29: The defeat of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi has come as a blessing in disguise for the people of the hill district of Wayanad, as the Congress Supremo would remain as their representative in the Lok Sabha for the next five years.
And, the people of Wayanad strongly feel that unlike other MPs from Kerala, the big profile and political influence of Gandhi could well bring in various projects or implement many projects that have been kept in store for various reasons for years.
The first and foremost among the priorities of the constituency of Wayanad would be the long-cherished Nilambur-Nanjancode Rail track connecting Kerala and Mysore through Wayanad.
The implementation of the much sought-after railway project would change the face and facilities of the district in a big way. However, barring surveys and feasibility reports, the project has not been moving ahead.
Thanks to his high-level contacts among the who-is-who at the centre, a committed effort on.the part of Gandhi could see trains running between Nilambur and Mysore by 2024, by the time Gandhi would relinquish as MP.
The second most important programme that the people of Wayanad cherish is a coordinated effort to augment the tourism potential in the lush green and serene beauty of the district by pumping in resources to increase or develop infrastructure and networking facilities.
Even with minimum facilities there has been a heavy inflow of tourists to the area though, a planned and structured development would well take the potential to newer heights. The proximity to the IT hub of Bangalore gives Wayanad an extra advantage in attracting the Saturday-Sunday holidayers.
A support to the coffee growers and tea planters would be yet another priority that the Wayanad people would aspire from their MP. However, such things are of a general nature and not any specific programme would not be rather easy to get implemented.