Trade body members stage protest against Tamil Nadu government’s decision for tourist ban

 Saturday, April 24, 2021 


On Thursday, shops and commercial establishments closed their shutters in Kodaikanal in a bid to protest against the State government’s decision to ban tourist entry into the hill station in the wake of an increase in COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu.

Members of trade bodies said that the people of Kodaikanal are dependent on tourism for their existence, and they have already suffered economically from the impact of the nationwide lockdown last year.

They demanded that instead of a complete ban on entry of tourists, their number could be regulated with strict maintenance of COVID-19 guidelines. The stakeholders and tourists need to follow the rules, said S. Abdul Gani Raja of Kodaikanal Hotels and Resort Owners Association.

S.N.S. Raja Mohammed of Kodaikanal Traders Association said that the ban would drive people further into financial crisis, since they are dependent on tourism for livelihood.

The members started the day-long protest at 10 in the morning. Various government officials have met them. The protesters agreed to call off the protest temporarily after the officials told them that their demand would be considered.

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