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November 8th, 2011, 07:04 AM
This thread is for all ports and harbours in calicut
1.Beypore port (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1360951)
5.Vellayil Fishing harbour (u/c)
November 8th, 2011, 07:17 AM
November 8th, 2011, 07:18 AM
November 8th, 2011, 07:30 AM
Ports and harbours kerala administrative offices
December 18th, 2011, 02:14 PM
* 2.17CR estimate to provide basic infrastructure for new wharf at Beypore fishing harbour
December 19th, 2011, 07:23 PM
Finally will they reduce the whole of Beypore into a fishing harbour?
December 19th, 2011, 07:54 PM
Finally will they reduce the whole of Beypore into a fishing harbour?
Harbour and port department are separate. Right now the Beypore development is too slow. But still its the second largest port in the state with some infra at place already. Even Vadakra port also became revenue earner this year.
Why Beypore is not developing now, simply because some groups do not want it to. Same goes to airport and metro/monorail(Though centre supports metro).
December 20th, 2011, 07:58 AM
Chaliyam Pulimuttu Area has a unique nature as it is getting low tide full of the year and getting sand deposit in the south side of the breakwater. (All the 40acres of land aquired for NIRDESH were gave by 'Kadalamma'- by this process!) Because of this uniqueness The area south of Chaliyam breakwater is perfect for land reclamation activites. Dredged sand from Chaliyar can be used for it. By doing so we cab have enough land for a Bigger Port!
January 4th, 2012, 07:55 AM
Koilandy harbour again in troubled waters.
Origanal plan of break waters of 1.9 kms and 1.11 kms now changed to 1.6 kms (again plan to change to 1.5km) and .9 km. Move to take sand from shore to fill for new warf. Fishermen against this.
Two wharves completed 60mx2. One more 60 m warf to be completed.
I think Koilandy harbour will still have the longest breakwater in kerala.
February 2nd, 2012, 07:52 AM
Puthiyappa harbour phase 2 planned at 8 crores.
February 7th, 2012, 06:46 AM
Kerala Govt to give priority for waterway development
Kozhikode, Feb. 6:
The Kerala Government will consider the Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod waterway development project on a priority basis, according to the Minister for Water Resources, Mr P.J. Joseph.
Inaugurating a seminar organised by the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) here on Monday, the Minister said that the Government would make all-out efforts to realise the project regardless of the cost involved. The seminar with the theme of ‘Wetland and Sustainable Tourism with Special Focus on North Kerala' was held in association with the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment.
The Minister said that the waterway was vital for the development of tourism by linking wetlands and also for the movement of cargo. There was need to preserve all the wetlands in the State and the Government would take all steps on a war-footing to guard them against being polluted.
Before taking up the waterway project, the Government was considering seriously the development of Canoly Canal. This would totally change the profile of Kozhikode, he said.
Similarly, Kavvai and Kattampilly wetlands in North Kerala were very important and efforts would be made to earn them prominence at the national level. The biggest threat to wetlands was pollution and measures would be initiated to deploy mobile laboratories to check it, the Minister said.
The Government would also take steps to preserve the bird sanctuaries and fish wealth in the wetlands, he added.
The Executive Director of CWRDM, Dr N. B. Narasimha Prasad, presided over the function. A slew of papers were presented on the subject of ‘wetlands and tourism' by scientists from various institutions.
February 26th, 2012, 04:50 PM
PROPOSAL FOR MODERN FISHING HARBOUR@Vellayil
August 11th, 2012, 10:13 AM
- Vellayil harbour to become reality soon.(with the help of Central Government)
- Rs 32.28 crore investment.
September 28th, 2012, 08:50 AM
September 28th, 2012, 09:24 AM
Fishing harbour or port? If its really a port it will be having wharves ,cranes and port buildings !!!.
Fourth port in calicut though its fishing port:).
September 28th, 2012, 04:47 PM
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA
GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATION OFF BADAGARA, KERALA
Thomas Mathai, M. Suresh Chandran, M.R. Asoka kumar, Satish Kumar, K.N.
Rajarama, P.C. Das, G.K.Dutta, A.K.Ghosh and T.K. Banerjee
Geological, geotechnical and geophysical surveys off Badagara, Kerala were carried
out during Cruise SD-208, by Operation West Coast II of the Marine Wing, as part of its
annual Field Season Programme (2006-07) in keeping with the Indian Government's
policy of developing and upgrading small ports and harbours along west and east coasts
of India. Covering an area of 135 sq km (bounded by Latitudes: 11° 30'N and 11° 37'N
and Longitudes: 75° 26'E and 75° 35.5'E) off Badagara on the Kerala coast, the surveys
were carried out from 16th December 2006 to 7th January 2007
Bathymetric surveys covering a total of 391 line km recorded depths between a
maximum of 30.8m and a minimum of ' 2.17m depths which helped to generate a high
density of bathymetric data. The isobaths prepared at 1 m intervals are \without much
inflections and almost parallel each other A smooth and gentle seafloor sloping towards
West is delineated The profile section shows the gradient of around 1 in 570. Comparison
v of the hydrographic charts of last thirty five years with the present bathymetric map
reveals a more or less uniform and broad based erosion of the seabed in the nearshore
area by almost a metre
Surface sediment distribution in the nearshore, beyond the thin sandy strip along the
coast, represents a milieu of sand, silt and clay with variants ranging from silty clay,
sand-silt-clay, sand, silty sand, sandy silt and clayey silt - typical of a fluvial outflow
sector. The nearshore sediment milieu off the wide Murat lagoon implies a river mouth
shifting in both time and space In almost a complete contrast to the near shore, deeper
areas comprise silty clay at surface level followed by Clayey silt and silt. About six
textural variants based on the relative percentages of sand, silt and clay have been
identified on the basis of size analysis. It is to be stressed that though the textural
variataion is evident, the differentiation is only marginal based on a slight variation in the
size grades Sedimentological parameters point to the mixed nature of the sediments and
pronounced bimodality thereby indicating different provenances and modes of
deposition. In the sub-surface level the dominant sediment type is Silty clay, followed by
lesser amounts of Silty sand, Sand-silt-clay, Sandy silt, Sand and Clayey silt. In general
the sediment type off Badagara suggests fluvio-marine interactive depositional regime
where the coarse fluvial sediment debouches onto a finer marine sediment milieu giving
rise to an assortment of mixed sediment types with marginal variations between sand, silt
and clay. Based on data obtained for the sediment column, bucket/agitation dredging
involving minimum capital expenditure can be planned during initial dredging of the
navigational channel while developing the port
Nearshore core samples mainly composed of silty clay with intercalations of silt and
sand were subjected to determination of Mass physical properties: Water content (32-
144%) with higher percentages is attributable to clayey zones. Wet unit weight has a
restrictive range (1.30 to 1.83) and relate to clay content with relatively lower values
representing clayey zones. Specific gravity of the sediments range from 2.63 to 2.79 and
are unaffected by varying sediment content Void ratio and Porosity values commensurate
with water content and specific gravity Shear strength values registered between 17.4 kPa
and 1.6 kPa are high for silty/sandy zones and low for clayey zones where shear
resistance is minimum implying litho-control. Atterberg Limits and Indices were
determined for the clayey sediments. Liquid limit between 80 to 150% are rather high
while Plastic Limit between 10 to 62% tend to be low to moderate. Plasticity Index
values (70 to 93%) show a very high degree of plasticity. Liquidity Indices from 0.11 to
1.07 indicate a slightly stiff to soft state of consistency for the clay and would not tend to
flow when subject to any disturbances
Gravity cores from the deeper area comprise almost entirely of silty clay and
geotechnical parameters were therefore perceptibly different from the sand-silt
intercalated nearshore sediments described earlier. Water contents varies from 25% for
sandy sediments to 246% for clayey sediments, averaging at about 117%. Wet unit
weight varies from 1.17 to 1 88 Mg/m3 and averages at 1.41 Mg/m3. Specific gravity
variations are within a restricted range between 2.47 and 2.83. Void ratio and Porosity
range between 0.7 and 6.74 and 41.25 and 87.08% respectively Liquid limit varies from
47 to 183% and Plastic limit from 28 to 95%. Plasticity index values vary from 19 to
125% and liquidity indices from 0.16 and 2.62. Undrained shear strength was registered
for majority of the samples and falls between 0.5 to 17.6 kPa. Remoulded samples failed
to register any values for undrained shear strength. Based on Burmister classification,
Plasticity index values for a majority of the samples indicate a very high degree of
overall plasticity. Liquidity indices indicate sediments to have soft to liquid state of
consistency. In the Plasticity chart, majority of plots fall below the A-line indicating that
the samples as dominantly clays with admixtures of organic matter or silty in nature. As
per Mitchell's classification, liquid and plastic limit values suggest that the majority of
samples dominantly consist of montmorillonite with subordinate amounts of illite.
Activity values between 0.96 and 3.92, based on the classification of clay after Skempton
(1953), show that majority of the core sub samples fall in the active field.
Shallow seismic survey was carried out along 12 coast normal and one coast parallel
transects covering a total of 184 line km in water depths ranging between 68m and 31.9m
The seismic records indicate a smooth seafloor with a gentle gradient. The reflector R1
appears to be a compact surface overlain by loose clay with a thickness varying from 2m
in near shore to about 3.2m in the deeper area. The reflector R2 is the deepest acoustic
surface recorded in the survey area. The compact layer between reflectors R1 and R2,
probably a sandy unit, varies in thickness from 6.7m in near shore to about 10m in deeper
areas. Hard rocky basement or random outcrops are not present in the proposed
navigational channel alignment The survey has generated data that give positive
indications for developing a port in this sector Side scan sonar survey was carried out
along 14 shore parallel transects at an interval of about 250m in the nearshore areas for a
total of 121 line kms. The scan records show a monotonous and featureless seafloor and
fails to pick out any hazardous zones. The seafloor in the proposed navigational sector is
blanketed by soft sediments which proves to be quite positive for proposing a
navigational channel alignment in this sector.
Current observations carried out at about 3m below the sea level at stations CM-1, CM-
2 and CM-3 were located to the south, exactly off and to the northwest of the river
outflow respectively Current direction at CM-1 (depth-5.51 m) is dominantly northerly
with subordinate northeasterly and southeasterly directions; current velocities range
between 14 to 36 cms/sec averaging at 27.5 cms/sec At CM-2 (depth-548m), the current
direction was dominantly between north and west- northwest with occasional southsoutheasterly
directions Current velocities varied between 18 to 39 cms/sec average at
303cms/sec Northerly current directions dominate at CM-3 (depth-7.72m) with velocities
ranging from 19 to 41 cms/sec, averaging 30 cms/sec Current directions reversed during
the evening low tide period at CM-1 and CM-2 and are apparently affected by fluvial
outflow currents from Murat bay Since station CM-3 located further offshore, it is not
affected by tidal variations as evidenced by the unidirectional northerly currents. Current
velocities at all stations are independent of tidal fluctuations
Environmental parameters like Temperature, pH, Salinity, Conductivity and Dissolved
Oxygen were studied at eleven locations at two depths (1 m below sea level and at 1 m
above seafloor). Temperature of sea water at surface levels range from 27.4 to 29.3°C
averaging 28.28°C, more or less similar with bottom temperatures ranging from 27.2 to
29°C, averaging 28.17°C pH values are the same for the top and bottom levels between
7.5 to 7.6 and averaging at 753. No perceptible variation in salinity for the two levels
could be detected as values average 34.49 for the top and 34.58 for the bottom levels.
Conductivity is also almost similar at an average of 5214 mS/cm for the top and 52.26
mS/cm for the bottom levels Dissolved Oxygen averaging at 7.34 mg/l for upper and 7.37
mg/l for the bottom are very closely comparable Thus, the environmental parameters are
more or less identical for top and bottom levels and in general compare well with the
standard values for unpolluted sea water
Preliminary surveys indicate that Badagara area has immense potential for an
economically viable development into a minor port. Deepening of the fluvial channel
way by dredging the soft sediments is possible with minimum capital expenditure. The
proposed navigational channel in the near shore is in a hazard free zone and can easily be
excavated in the soft clayey/silty sediments through agitation/bucket dredging The
sparsely populated hinterland gives much scope for future expansion and development.
September 28th, 2012, 04:53 PM
Murat River mouth - Vadakara
Just a fancy to plan a minor port.
September 28th, 2012, 08:08 PM
^^^^^^ Good work...
September 28th, 2012, 09:49 PM
Vadakara is already a minor port. Already revenue generating. Facilities are less though.
September 29th, 2012, 05:19 AM
Vadakara is already a minor port. Already revenue generating. Facilities are less though.
Thats only in papers. Vadakara has only an outer anchorage as a port facility. Nothing more. I dont know how its generating revenue with only that.
September 29th, 2012, 09:04 AM
Murat River mouth - Vadakara
Just a fancy to plan a minor port.
Good snaps, I was wondering if Sea-Plane concept can benefit out of the ports small and minor that dot this region.
For this the connectivity to the Main Central Roadways will be sufficient. So far there are no major plans for ensuring good connectivity for these ports.
September 30th, 2012, 08:02 AM
October 1st, 2012, 03:29 PM
October 12th, 2012, 03:44 PM
December 24th, 2012, 06:24 AM
The government has agreed to consider the demand for wharf facilities at the Chombal fishing harbour in Vadakara so as to enable mechanised fishing boats to anchor near the shore.
This was announced by Fisheries Minister K. Babu in reply to a submission from C.K. Nanu, MLA, in the State Assembly recently, a spokesman for the Minister’s office said in a press note on Saturday. The Minister said that since the Chombal harbour was intended for traditional fishermen, it had not been provided wharf facilities needed for mechanised boats.
The Minister also said that for dredging the fishing harbours in the State, an estimate of Rs.1,054 lakh had been prepared and granted administrative sanction. An estimate of Rs.355 lakh for Chombal fishing harbour had been granted technical sanction and tenders for executing the work had been invited.
Tenders had also been invited for a sewerage plant at the pollution control plant at Chombal harbour. Kudumbasree workers had been deployed to keep the premises of the harbour clean.
Source: The Hindu
March 18th, 2013, 01:19 PM
Initial steps to make a breakwater for Kuriyadi fish landing center.
Source: Manorama daily 18 Mar 2013
April 11th, 2013, 02:20 PM
Cross posting from വടകര (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1506843)
Dredging will start at Chombala fishing harbour. A sum of 4.15 Crores has been sanctioned for this. Hope they (The dredging company, whoever it is...) won't play there usual tricks of manipulation here.
Source: Manorama, Mathrubhumi 11 Apr 2013
April 12th, 2013, 08:20 AM
The Rs.2.99-crore NFDB-funded project will be completed in two years
The renovation work of the Beypore fishing harbour funded by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) has commenced with the support of the Harbour Engineering Department.
Minister for Ports and Fisheries K. Babu inaugurated the work at a function held in Beypore on Thursday.
A total fund of Rs.2.99 crore would be spent for the renovation work. Under the scheme, a new parking area near the wharf would come up.
Along with this, a separate covered loading area would also be constructed.
According to officers of the Harbour Engineering Department, the work could be completed within two years. On completion, there would be better facilities for the fishermen in the existing auction hall. The number of drainages would be increased besides constructing new wells and clearing the pending electrical works.
“The project funded by the NFDB will ensure European standards at the auction hall and a clean ambience at the surrounding,” said P. Latha, Executive Engineer of Harbour Engineering Department. She said most of the works had already been awarded after floating tenders.
Ms. Latha said the tenders would be floated shortly for beginning the electrification work at the harbour and the construction of parking area. “We have limited space in the area, which should be taken into account for developing the existing facilities,” she added.
Along with the Beypore fishing harbour, the Chombal harbour near Vadakara too would be developed to superior standards. A total fund of Rs.4.15 crore, sanctioned by the Central government, would be utilised for the undertaking.
According to officials, a major portion of the fund would be utilised for completing the drudging works at the harbour. Mr. Babu would inaugurate the works on Friday, they added.
New parking area to come up near wharf
Separate covered loading area to be built
April 12th, 2013, 08:23 AM
Funds allotted for projects, says K. Babu
All major fishing harbours in Malabar get a major facelift this financial year, Minister for Ports K. Babu said here on Thursday.
Addressing mediapersons here on Thursday, he said the government had already allotted the requisite funds for this.
The work at the Vallayil harbour would begin next month. The total project cost was Rs.39.30 crore. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy would inaugurate the work on May 19, he said.
The works on the Tanur harbour too would begin the same day. The government had allotted Rs.44.87 crore for the work there, he said.
The fishing harbours at Manjeswaram, Puthiyappa, Koyilandy, and Thalayi too would get funds for the development of existing amenities. The government would allot Rs.12.16 crore for dredging at Puthiyappa.
Referring to the development plan for major ports in the Malabar region, Mr. Babu said the State government would acquire 3.83 acres of land more at Beypore for the extension of the port. The families to be evacuated from the location would be offered a suitable rehabilitation package, he said.
The work on the Ponnani Port would be completed in a time-bound manner as the procedures for environmental clearance were in the final stage. Malabar Ports, which won the tender for the Rs.750-crore project, would be able to begin the works in four months, he added.
May 20th, 2013, 10:29 AM
It is expected to handle 8,980 tonnes of fish and provide 2,275 jobs
Hamsa N.P., a 45-year-old fisherman of Vellayil, is never at home, nor is he at sea. In fact, he spends his days between both.
For him, sleep is a luxury, family is a blur and income is far from steady.
A typical day for the bleary-eyed man starts at 10 p.m., when he catches the last bus to Beypore along with 34 others. Their 45-feet fibre boat or manchu is docked in the harbour there. A manchu , which costs about Rs. 50 lakh, is manned by a mix of locals and migrant workers.
The group spends the night in the docked boat trying to get a wink of sleep before the first light. At the crack of dawn, they join the rush of boats setting out to sea. The short leg from the harbour to the open sea is marked heavily with cussing and threats of fist fights. Their adversaries are the “Beypore locals”, also setting out for the day’s catch.
“Our catch varies from Rs. 5 lakh to nothing. If 10 boats head out, only two may catch something. A day’s loss can add up to Rs. 7,000. It is like a lottery,” Mr. Hamsa said.
The proceeds from the sale of fish caught are shared at 60:40 ratio between the workers and the boat owner, respectively. After the day in sea, he takes the bus back home. A quick bath and a hurried meal later, he has to head back to Beypore for the next day’s work.
“The last bus is at 10 p.m. We have to start at 3 a.m. from Beypore. Private vehicles charge us anything between Rs. 400 to Puthiyappa and Rs. 1,000 to Beypore. We cannot afford that. So the fishermen of Vellayil, who have boats docked in Beypore and Puthiyappa, start out the previous night. I hardly see my children,” Sulaiman P., who works in the same boat as Mr. Hamsa, said.
Both are arranging chairs for the evening’s function at the Vellayil Landing Centre where Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the work on the Rs. 39.3-crore fishing harbour project.
The harbour would be in addition to the existing harbours at Beypore and Puthiyappa. Once completed, 250 medium to large fishing boats could operate and dock here, giving fishermen like Hamsa and Sulaiman the much need time to be at home.
The harbour would be capable of handling 8,980 tonnes of fish and provide jobs to 2,275 fishermen.
Locals recall how in the 1970s, fishermen used to come from as far as Kannur district to Chavakkad in Thrissur to sell their catch here. “There was enough chaapaas (storage houses) here to store fish. They used to salt and dry the fish here, put it on ice or pack them. People used to come here from Goa and Tamil Nadu to sell their catch. Everything is close by, the Vellayil Railway Station is hardly 2 km from the beach. There is the main coastal road. Now this place sells hardly 100 boxes of fish,” Abdul Salaam, who is fish packing worker at the Vellayil landing centre here, said.
Vellayil lost its sheen, according to K.P. Moidu, a commission agent, when the mode of fishing changed from eight-men catamarans to 40-men and engine powered trawlers and fibre boats. “Catamarans could be pulled up on the beach and docked here. We could start out to sea from Vellayil beach. ,” he said.
May 20th, 2013, 10:31 AM
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday laid the foundation stone for the Vellayil fishing harbour project during a public programme at the Fish Landing Centre at Vellayil here.
Seventy-five per cent of the total cost of Rs. 39.3-crore project will be born by the Central government while the rest will be spent by the State government.
The project comprises two breakwaters with a length of 750 and 530 m respectively, besides a 100-m warf, an auction house, comfort stations, administrative office, workshops, parking area, navigation line, and a waste-treatment plant.
“The project has already received the environmental clearance,” Mr. Chandy said. Minister for Ports K. Babu presided. — Staff Reporter
May 20th, 2013, 11:25 AM
^^ 5th fishing harbour in calicut, 3rd within city limits.
May 22nd, 2013, 10:47 AM
Ports Minister K. Babu has said that marina ports will be established at Thalassery, Kozhikode, Kovalam, Alappuzha and Kodungalloor.
June 24th, 2013, 06:29 PM
What is the use of hundreds of fishing harbour. Why they can build a big commercial port.
Ethantha kuttikaliyo. Useless projects like fishing harbour . If a fishing harbour is there the area will become completely smelly with fish waste . Useless projects veruthe ulla sthalam nashipikkan.
June 24th, 2013, 06:45 PM
Fishing is one of the main economic activity in our country and cannot be neglected. A large percentage of our population directly or indirectly depend on fishing for their lively hood. "Economic Geography"
August 11th, 2013, 10:28 PM
The harbour, Calicut.The original light house of Calicut CAN BE SEEN
Title: "The harbour, Calicut."
Date: NA (Probably before 1914)
"[original caption] Hafen Calicut."(german) translated to The harbour, Calicut, But we have doubt whether it is Calicut proper or not. It is not mentioned south or north pier .Please Note the shape and position of light house in this picture. in other pictures the position of light house is on the right side of the pier. The buildings in the back ground also seems indifferent. Can somebody explain? We thought possibility of flipping of image by left to right when printing or copying from original.
But as per history, there was another light house and here it is .
The original light house of Calicut, 1847
From a website of Lighthouses of India:
Kozhikode (Calicut) 1907 (station established 1847). focal plane 17 m (56 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 15 m (49 ft) round cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Calicut, now called Kozhikode, is the place where Vasco da Gama landed in India in 1498, inaugurating India's contact with western Europe. Interestingly, the original lighthouse was taller at 33 m (108 ft). Located on Beach Road near the foot of Customs Road in Kozhikode. Site is open, but tower closedhttp://1.bp.blogspot.com/-om5sO74ghCU/Ugfb8JRp1BI/AAAAAAAACOk/inJXrE1VO9U/s640/sdsdsdsd.jpg
October 4th, 2013, 09:14 AM
Port puts a spoke in DTPC beach project
Kozhikode Ports department says the land is used to park lorries
In a shocker for the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), the Ports Department expressed strong reservations about losing its land to a multi-crore project to convert over two acres of the South Beach area into a tourist hotspot.
The development has come even as the DTPC is gearing up to invite State Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar to lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the ‘Tourism development of Kozhikode South Beach’ project.
Though the Tourism Minister was said to come on October 4 for the function, the event has been postponed, DTPC sources said on Tuesday. They are however quick to add that the postponement has nothing to do with the ports department’s communication about the land in question.
The ports department has said it has very little land left in the district and would not want to let go of this prize estate along the city’s coastline without getting alternative land in return.
It said that by giving away the land on South Beach for beautification, the department, and eventually the State government, would lose hard-earned revenue in the form of monthly rent from a lorry parking site in the area.
Senior officials said that they are also not too encouraged by the past record of the Tourism Department in developing the beach.
They point to how past tourism projects on the beach are not great examples to go by.
Most of them are lying abandoned or in a bad state of repair despite lakhs of rupees spent on them, sources said.
“See, we are not against the beautification of the South Beach area. What we are trying to make the DTPC understand is that the port department has very little land available and this particular one gives us a monthly income of over Rs. 50,000,” Captain Abraham V. Kuriakose, Port Officer, said.
He stressed on how the port office had ‘given away’ land in the past for development.
“Take for example the lorry parking site in the south beach area. Valiyangadi, one of the city’s oldest market, is located nearby. Trucks coming to this market had no space to park. We decided to give a portion of this land as parking area to facilitate the public. Now, once they knock down the parking area, where will all these trucks go? Have they thought about this issue?” Captain Kuriakose asked.
He said that the ports department had even helped the DTPC scout for the alternative land, and had found one in Beypore.
The beautification project proposal text says the DTPC launched the initiative as it felt the South Beach area is too rough or ‘undeveloped’ for the tastes of weekend beach-goers.
To be implemented through the Harbour Engineering Department in two phases, the project’s first part is expected to cost Rs.3.85 crore.
Under this, a promenade, seating plazas, amphitheatre, mini high-mast lights, pavilions, play areas, soft landscaping, a drinking water point, and waste bins will be in place.
The second phase would cost Rs.5 crore and is more complicated. In this phase, the land takeover would mean displacing an entire colony of 36 BPL families and small businesses located all along the length of South Beach Road.
Though the district administration says there is a proposal to rehabilitate the 36 families, very little is seen on the ground.
District Collector C.A. Latha, also the Chairperson of the District Tourism Promition Council told The Hindu on Tuesday that the South Beach beautification project cannot go ahead without resolving the objection raised by the Ports Department regarding alternative land. “We will put up the issue for discussion at the earliest,” she added.