THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Tourism is shelving its plan for conducting hop on, hop off services for holidayers citing lack of viability “due to lack of heavy and continuous tourist flow.”
This comes after the purchase of three buses at ₹1.35 crore and completing the registration formalities in the name of Director of Tourism, reports The Hindu.
The services, on the lines of those in Dubai, London, New York, were to be directly operated by Kerala Tourism.
“None of the major tourist destinations in Kerala have such heavy and continuous tourist traffic needed for operating these services. There is no proximity between the city centre and tourist centres. We are not in a position to operate them,” the Director has reported.
Another reason cited is that the three buses do not have open-top and other modern facilities needed for operating the services.
The government has given the sanction for handing over the three 25-seater buses, procured using funds allocated for Upgrade and Creation of infrastructure and amenities, to the State-owned Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) to commence conducted tours.