IDUKKI - Idamalakuddi village panchayat of south Indian state Kerala plan to use mules for the purpose of transportation in a tribal colony, located under the foothills of Western Ghats. As there is no adequate transportation facility in and around the reserve forest, the ferrying of goods has become a headache for local inhabitants in Idamalakkudi, the sole tribal village in the state.
The panchayat authorities are considering the plan to transport and distribute goods in the tribal colony, inhabited by Muthuvan tribes, sources said. Mules are largely used to ferry goods in many remote villages in neighboring state Tamil Nadu, they said. As part of the plan, steps would be taken to distribute mules among tribals. Special sheds would also be errected for its upkeepment, panchayat sources said. Located about 270 km away from Idukki town, Idamalakkudi gram panchayat is spread over 106 sq km area beneath the Anamudi, the highest peak in Western Ghats. It has a population of 2,236 -- comprising 1,196 men and 1,040 women. (PTI)