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QR code for tourist, religious places introduced in T'malai
In a first, Tiruvannamalai district has placed QR coded sign boards in 10 places in the district, according to Collector KS Kandasamy.
Detailing this to DT Next, he said, the initiative to place QR codes was a fallout of devotees who while visiting Tiruvannamalai to gait 14 kilometres girivalam path, request information on other religious and tourist sightseeing places in the town. “As many informed that there was no proper information available on such locations, especially places of religious interest and also because other state visitors would want to visit such sites in one go when they arrive her for the girivalam, we decided to opt for QR coded sign boards.”
Once the codes are scanned, it would connect to the related website with information. “We plan to cover all religious and tourist sites with such codes shortly,” he said. While 10 sites have been covered till date, Kandasamy revealed that most religious and tourist sites in the district numbering nearly 20 would be covered within a month.
When asked about the response from the public, he said, “We are continuing to get positive responses from the local and even the foreign tourists many of whom found the coded signboards a big help in getting to know the information they sought about the places.”
In fact, Jeroen Jansen, a tourist from Holland said, “I saw the coded sign board and when I used my mobile phone to scan it, I was able to access the website and get all related information regarding the sightseeing places in Tiruvannamalai district.”
The district officials said, “Coded signs boards will help the devotees learn about other religious locations which they can visit and will thus make their visit to this town fruitful.”