KOZHIKODE: Meppadi panchayat decided to issue stop memos to all unlicensed tourism properties–estimated to be around 100–after Shahana, a young college lecturer from Kannur, was killed by an elephant at an unauthorized camping site in Wayanad on Saturday. The decision was taken at the emergency meeting of the panchayat on Monday.
Panchayat secretary Ramesh KN said that only 16 resorts and homestays had secured license from the local body. Starting the crackdown, the panchayat closed down two illegal resorts on Monday.
Panchayat president Omana Ramesh said that a team will inspect all tourism properties in the panchayat to ensure safety and regulatory compliance. A joint team of forest, police and panchayat authorities will conduct the inspections.
“We have asked panchayat members to provide a list of homestays and resorts functioning in their area and we will serve stop memos to unlicensed properties including resorts and homestays which are estimated to be around 150,” Ramesh said.
Even district tourism promotion council was not been able to keep tabs of the fast mushrooming tourism properties, including homestays, in the district. According to DTPC officials, only 20 homestays had undergone the classification exercise.
Meanwhile, district administration has also taken steps to regulate the functioning of resorts and homestays and district disaster management authority is expected to issue an order with the guidelines to be followed.