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Poomala dam to be made tourist centre

Rs. 50-lakh beautification project done


20 March 2010

Staff Reporter , Thrissur:

Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan will designate on Sunday the premises of the Poomala Dam as a tourist centre. The designation marks the completion of a project of the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) to beautify the premises of the dam, 12 km east of Thrissur city.

The Rs. 50 lakh project, launched in 2008, involved construction of a walkway with handrail spanning 600 metres; a community hall that can accommodate 300 persons; a cafetaria; and toilet facilities. The entire site has state-of-the-art lighting design.

“An eco-friendly design has been chosen,” said M. M. Vinod Kumar, architect for the project.

Poomala promises to be a place to unwind for city-dwellers. The hills near the dam offer a breath-taking view of the city. “The dam site can now be an ideal venue for student camps,” Mr. Kumar added.

The Poomala dam, managed by the Minor Irrigation Department, is 95.40 metres above mean sea level (AMSL). A division weir was constructed in the Poomala valley in 1939. The Poomala reservoir scheme was commissioned in 1968. ‘Poomala' is believed to have been derived from the word, ‘Poovam', a tree. Old-times say the hills were once full of Poovam trees.

Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, will preside over the function. Those who are expected to take part in it include P. K. Biju, MP, District Panchayat president Ambady Venu; Aisha P. Nair, Executive Engineer of Minor Irrigation Wing; Leelamma Jacob, president of the Mulankunnathukavu Panchayat; K. K. Surendran, member, District Panchayat; A. R. Chandran, member, Puzhakkal Block Panchayat; Sibi Thomas and C. P. George, members of the Mulankunnathukavu Grama Panchayat; and P. N. Prem Kumar, secretary of DTPC.