Chennai, May 29: As part of tourism development programme, autorickshaws in the city will display colourful paintings of important heritage sites in Tamil Nadu.
The programme 'Tourism Friendly Autos,' initated by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department and the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC), was aimed at sensitising autorickshaw drivers on the importance of tourism promotion and mould them as effective tourism ambassadors, TTDC Director M Rajaram said here today.
''As part of our tourism programme, the Tourism Department, initially has launched 39 new 'tourist-friendly autorickshaws' at important tourist spots and railway stations,'' he added.
The drivers have been insured against accidents and their families provided with health insurance policy. The drivers of the tourist-friendly autorickshaws would also possess identity cards issued by the Tourism Department, he added.
Painted in pale yellow, the autorickshaws with visuals of famous tourist spots in the State, will be available at major tourist destinations in the city. The drivers were provided with travelogue to guide tourists. They have also been trained to behave cordially.
Apart from this, a tourism kit containing literatures about heritage places in Tamil Nadu and a city map containing a detailed sketch would be given to the autorickshaw drivers to guide the tourists travelling in their vehicle, Mr Rajaram pointed out.
The department has tapped the experience of drivers, who have previously handled tourists outside popular luxury hotels in the city.
Mr Rajaram said during the next phase, the programme would be launched in important bus stands and other railway stations in the city. This programme would be extended to important cities in the state.