Kerala needs to balance infrastructural development with sustainability, according to a former tourism secretary.

A tourism stakeholder in Kerala has issued new proposals which aim to ensure that the state’s reputation as one of the premier adventure tourism destinations in the world is preserved.

Former state tourism secretary and current managing director and chief executive officer of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Amitabh Kant asked Kerala to declare certain areas as sensitive tourism zones.

This would mean that despite the infrastructural development that is currently underway, the areas will retain the natural beauty that attracts tourists in the first place.

“At least 30 per cent of the area in these zones should remain green,” he said at the Emerging Kerala meeting.

He explained that when he worked in Kerala, the Conservation and Preservation Act that was never implemented would have been a good starting point, adding that if the state ever loses the natural scenery it will lose its adventure tourism edge too.

Written by Ruth Norris

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