R. Gopala Krishna project officer of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) has clarified that only local tribals will be permitted to pitch tents at the tourist places in the Agency areas of the district. He held a coordination meeting with Revenue, Police, Tourism, Panchayat Raj, Fire Services, Excise, Electricity Department officials and tent organisers of Araku, Tajangi and Lambasingi at Paderu on Tuesday.
Project Officer said that the tent organisers should obtain permission from the authorities concerned and warned that if non-tribal people organise tents in tribal areas on ‘benami’ names, they would be taken to task. The revenue from tourist spots in the Agency should go to the tribal people. He also warned that anyone indulging in anti-social activities in the name of tourism would be liable for legal action.
He said that all the guidelines should be followed and proper facilities should be provided to tourists, while ensuring that there was no damage to the environment. He advised that the tents should not be erected below 33 KV electricity lines.
Sub-Collector V. Abhishek said that tents should not be pitched on government and poramboke lands and in the ‘gap areas’ on forest lands.
ASP P. Jagadish said that action would be initiated against those indulging in anti-social activities like use of narcotics in the tents. Sand and water buckets should be made available near the tents and measures should be taken to prevent fires. A copy of the ID card of tourists should be taken and kept in the register.