The Indian media today reported that the number of Sri Lankan visitors to many parts of the Tamil Nadu, mainly in Chennai have considerably reduced following a Sri Lankan Government travel advisory against visiting Tamil Nadu.
“The usually bustling Kenneth Lane in Egmore and the Thana Street in Purasawalkam were less crowded on Tuesday, thanks to the absence of Sri Lankan tourists, following a travel advisory…”, the iBN live reported.
A large number of visitors from Lanka preferred to confine themselves to their accommodations, instead of stepping out for shopping.
With Chennai being a major transit point for most Lankans visiting the Buddhist pilgrimage circuit in India, they are accommodated in lodges and hotels across Egmore and Purasawalkam.
“The late night advisory appears to have an impact among the Lankans, as I have seen very few Lankans venturing out for shopping since Tuesday morning,” a trader on the Kenneth Lane claimed.
“We had good business for the last 10 days, but hardly a handful number of them (Sri Lankans) visited my shop today,” the trader added.
Lankan tourists go on a shopping spree in Chennai, visiting places like Egmore, Thyagaraya Nagar and Purasawalkam, before flying out for Colombo.
According to Ven. KalawaneMahanamaThero, Monk in-charge of Chennai Mahabodhi Centre, about 500 Lankan pilgrims are presently in Chennai.
Admitting that the inbound tourists did not turn up on the streets following the advisory, he said, “They cannot return to Lanka even if they wish to do so, as the pilgrims have to travel only according to their programme.
Moreover, all the flights for the island nation are packed to full capacity.
” Several groups of Lankan pilgrims, were contemplating to put off their travel plans, he said.
“I have received at least 50 calls from both tour organisers and businessmen from Lanka, enquiring about the situation in Chennai.
They had scheduled to visit India this month,” he concluded.
On an average, three lakh Lankan pilgrims visit Chennai to proceed to Bodhgaya, Delhi and Varanasi by buses and trains, every year.
Of the 14 lodges present at Purasawalkam, Lankan pilgrims are accommodated in 10 lodges during their whistle- stop tour to the city.
Comments - 13
suny Wednesday, 05 September 2012 08:15 AM
TN Politicians asked for it
amkoon Thursday, 06 September 2012 04:19 AM
Sri Lankans should boycot all Indian products if the South Indian Government encourage harasment to Sri Lankans. We can understand their concern over Military training provided in India but schoolboys or pilgrims visits should not be treated in the same manner
m.m.m.izzeth Thursday, 06 September 2012 05:27 AM
yes we shod boycot Indian products
ravi Wednesday, 05 September 2012 09:33 AM
good stop coming blood handers to india..
ssss Thursday, 06 September 2012 06:45 AM
No one bothers in Tamil nadu....! These are just planted stories through agents like Hindu ram, NDTV.
Managala Wednesday, 05 September 2012 09:55 AM
Very funny !!!
conty Saturday, 08 September 2012 01:36 AM
Of course & why not? Do you patronise your enemy?? Obviously not, by your comment. Sounds like you are an LTTE sympathiser not a Lankan patriot!!!!!!!!
MagodisThuma Wednesday, 05 September 2012 10:21 AM
Tamil Nadu ( Land Of Tamils ) !
Argee Thursday, 06 September 2012 01:47 AM
At least now Sri Lankens got some sense of responsibility ,and keep this way, avoid TN and their goods as far as possible .Aargee
ranil Thursday, 06 September 2012 02:09 AM
jacoob Thursday, 06 September 2012 02:27 AM
I am now afraid how these tamil nadu people are going to survive of these boycotts !!
Noah Wednesday, 05 September 2012 07:27 AM
We Sri Lankans should boycott buying South Indian Products in protest.
raviraj Thursday, 06 September 2012 03:21 AM
could you also stop going to India for medical treatment and education, and may be stop wearing Indian sarees, stop using Indian medicines, your loss and not India's loss
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