Homestay operations torpedoed by SPORTS

SPORTS, the tourism authority of Lakshadweep islands torpedoed all homestay operations, a cornerstone of the island community in Lakshadweep.

A group of dynamic young men started the Homestays in Agatti though an adventurous venture to make a living for themselves and thereby to support the dependent family members. The persons invested in this venture are:- Abdul Salam Mr.C.P. ; Abdul Salam Mr.V.C. ; Jamaludheen Mr.P. ; Mohd. Shaffi Mr.K.C. ; Abdul Nassar Mr.M.I. ; Samad Sahib Mr.K.P. ; Mishah Mr. ; Iqbal Mr.C; and a few others

These private Homestays were well furnished, with facilities for a comfortable stay and high quality food – all at a very reasonable and economic rate. Tourists who had an occasion to stay in these home-stays were comfortable, relaxed and satisfied with the facilities available there and the loving care and hospitality they received. Huge amounts of money had been spent by the entreprising youth to store food materials, including soft drinks airshifted from mainland.

Although there was certain arguments from SPORTS, for the basic structure of profit sharing, of these highly sought after resorts, they managed to get the orders of the Lakshadweep Administrator to close down these home-stays, on flimsy grounds.

Those young men who started the home-stays finding money even by selling their valuable assets or raising loans are now stumbled upon the muscle power illegally unleashed by the SPORTS officials. Now all their dreams are shattered, with the added burden of finding alternate means to repay the loans they have availed of, to build up their small business – a noble business of providing clean food and accommodation to the tourists at reasonable rates.

In fact, the home-stays would have helped the tourists to have alternate accommodations in the Lakshadweep. It would also have been a boon to the already crashing tourism scenario of the islands.

What does SPORTS stand for?

The activities related to tourism promotion and development in the islands are managed by an organization called SPORTS (Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism and Sports). SPORTS was set up in 1982 as a society registered under the societies Act, 1860. The important objectives of the SPORTS are to promote tourism and other recreational activities thereby providing employment to the local educated youth in the islands.

SPORTS is functioning as the tour operator and facilitator in the islands conducts few of the tour packages from Kochi such as ‘Samudram, Coral Reef and resort reservations at Kadmat, Minicoy and Kavaratti. The source of income mainly from tourists, lease rent, catering service in ships and schools and water sports facilities in Kadmat island. The society also receives certain amount of grant per annum from the Department of Tourism. SPORTS is managed by a Chairman (Administrator of U.T. of Lakshadweep ) and a board of directors selected from various departments.

By staff reporter, Agatti
Last Updated Mar 09, 2012 2:34 pm

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