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Tourism Minister Okays Funding For Backwater Circuit Development In Alappuzha, Kerala


02 April 2013

New Delhi: Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India, has approved Central Finance Assistance (CFA) to the tune of Rs 47.62 crore for the development of the backwater circuit in Alappuzha into a mega circuit in Kerala, a release stated. The project is expected to be commissioned within 36 months.

The project will involve construction of house boat terminals at Arookutty, Thaneermukkom, Pallathuruthy, Nedumudi, Kanjipadam, Thottappally and Kaymkullam; night halt terminals at Vattakayal West and Karumadi Vilakkumaram; development of micro destinations at VayamkaraChira, Pandy, Thazhuppu and Kuthiravattomchira; development of beaches at Arthunkal and Thottappally; and development of Alappuzha town as the central destination of the circuit.

Rs 2.38 crore has been released as first instalment of the CFA for starting the work. The state government will provide land for the project free of cost and also render assistance for its timely completion. The government will also set up a Monitoring Committee headed by Suman Billa, Secretary, Kerala Tourism, with a member from the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Kerala, and the implementing agency to monitor physical and financial progress of the sanctioned project and submit the progress report to the Ministry on a quarterly basis.