Officials will plant trees and install water fountains to ensure that visitors to the Veli Tourist Village will not take plastics into the beauty spot.

In an effort to ensure the long-term beauty of the area, the Veli Tourist Village will soon be a plastic-free zone.

The 13-acre piece of land in the midst of the estuary of the Veli lagoon is one of the most popular places with both domestic tourists and those disembarking flights to Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram.

During the weekends, more than 10,000 people can descend on the region to take speedboat rides, spot the birdlife, or just savour the sea air on a brisk walk along the lagoon’s promenade.

The amount of footfall it receives means that officials are hard pressed to ensure that all the litter is removed before the start of the next day.

According to the Hindu, the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) will soon stop people from taking plastic bags and bottles into the Village and instead install water fountains inside it to ensure that tourists remain thoroughly hydrated.

The KTDC will also plant salt-resistant trees into the estuary beach to provide some shade for visitors.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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