Published on : Monday, July 17, 2017
Cochin International Airport Ltd has been assigned to carry out the project by forming a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), in which both government and CIAL each will be holding 49 per cent stake and the remaining 2 per cent will be given to private stakeholders.
A senior official in Cochin International Airport Ltd confirmed that the project is under process and the officials are starting a survey for which tenders have been issued.
However, implementation of the project engages the land acquisitions, construction of new canals, the reworking of existing canals so as to provide 20 feet depth and 70 feet width for the waterways. The major challenges of this luxury cruise project are to construct a new canal in the 26 km uncut portion in northern Kerala in the Kannur-Kasargod stretch. The construction of 52 new bridges and widening of two tunnels at Varkala are the major challenges.
The idea of the cruise tourism is to promote the concept of a luxury and leisure tourism where tourists can spend more days to complete the trial. There are the plans to deploy premium and Non-premium boats. There is a proposed waterway, which is connecting 11 districts. There will be facilitation centres in every 25 km where the tourist can hop off and hop on at any stations to enjoy the geo-cultural theme based art forms, culture and cuisine of regions of Kerala hitherto unexplored, especially in North Kerala.
Kerala Government is also taking some major initiatives to develop the tourist destinations and the waterway projects, which will help to generate job opportunities for local people in the travel and hospitality sector.