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Old February 13th, 2012, 01:52 PM   #121
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Centre, Kerala to spend Rs500 cr to promote state tourism

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New Delhi: The Centre and the Kerala government together will spend Rs 500 crore to boost tourism in the state, known as 'the God's own country'.

The plan is to further promote the state as a popular tourism hub by creating better infrastructure like roads, hotels, shopping centres and houseboats.

"The work will be done in three phases with a total investment of Rs 500 crore. The new facilities would be developed on a public-private partnership mode," sources said.

In the first phase, the central government has provided Rs 50 crore and an equal amount has been given by the state.

Besides, special emphasis would be given on picturesque backwaters of Alappuzha in Kerala which is one of the major attractions for tourists.

As a part of the plan, a number of houseboat terminals, resting points, night halt centres, curio and souvenir shops would be built along the panoramic banks of the backwaters, they added.
Besides, the state would invest in showcasing the glory of heritage Muziris port situated on the south-western coast.

"We want to turn Muziris into a major destination for cultural tourism. Muziris was a spice city where the traders of the world Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Chinese thronged to buy and sell spices and clothes," sources said.

Further, the state would also promote coir tourism. "The tourists would be attracted to the state using the facilities of the coir industry and also arrangements should be made for them to watch the process of producing coir. This will in turn be beneficial to the sector as a whole," they said.
The sector, which employs 3.25 lakh people in Kerala, is a priority sector for the government. The state is a major hub of coir production in the country.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 01:31 PM   #122
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Canal cleaning project awaits government nod

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The ambitious and much-awaited project to clean the canals of Alappuzha by linking them to the Arabian Sea is finally showing signs of life.

The project, initial estimates of which were pegged at around Rs.8 crore, is the State Irrigation Department's creation, one that was re-designed with the hope that it would not meet the fate of a similar project that fell flat a few years back.

Receiving environmental clearance from the Centre for Earth and Science Studies (CESS), in November 2010, and issued technical and administration sanctions during the previous Left Democratic Front (LDF) government's tenure, the project now has had a Mumbai-based company submitting an Expression of Interest proposal recently.

Once the government approves of the firm, it will be given three months to prepare a detailed project report (DPR), after which tenders for work will be invited, R. Venugopal, Executive Engineer (Irrigation) told The Hindu on Monday.

The project envisages allowing flow of sea water through two one-metre diameter pipes during summer, which would help eco-restoration of the canals that are currently polluted heavily with aquatic weeds and garbage apart from erecting a 3.5 metre-wide platform about 150 metres into the sea, almost on the lines of the existing 150-year-old sea pier. The pipes will be placed 1.2m below sea level.

The two main canals here, the Commercial Canal and the Vada Canal and three cross canals connecting these two, form the network to carry salt water once the project gets operational. The Uppootti Canal will be connected to the sea to let the seawater into the Commercial Canal, which is the longest at 3,500 metres while the combined length of all the canals is 8,820 metres.

There will be a concrete chamber in the Uppootti Canal with shutters to control sea water inflow into the canal system. Water is expected to enter the canal by gravity flow and the system will be operated only during summer and will have provisions to prevent sand deposits inside the pipes.

The canals, which have been identified to have 17 types of aquatic weeds, are also connected to six paddy polders at the east end, covering an area of 961 acres. As per recommendations of CESS, synchronization of the opening and closure of the sea water inflow regulation valve with the crop calendar will be done so as to avoid damage to these paddy fields.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 01:36 PM   #123
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Old February 14th, 2012, 02:13 PM   #124
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Old February 15th, 2012, 01:06 PM   #126
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1,500cr for new medical colleges

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KOCHI: An investment of Rs 260-300 crore each would be required for setting up new medical colleges in five districts of the state, according to sources familiar with the development.

In addition to Malappuram, Kasaragod, Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts, the government is also planning to set up a new medical college at Haripad in Alappuzha district. Sources said the government was planning to tap funds for these projects via PPP (public-private partnership) model.

New medical colleges will be set up in Malappuram and Idukki which currently have 500-bed and 170-bed hospitals, respectively. The Idukki hospital will be upgraded to a 300-bed hospital in accordance with government rules, which stipulate that a teaching hospital attached to a medical college should have a minimum of 300 licensed beds.

The locations of the colleges to come up in Pathanamthitta, Kasaragod and Haripad are yet to be decided. "The Kerala government plans to retain at least 26% stake in these five projects, depending on the infrastructure and supporting facilities it can mobilize. The rest will be held by domestic institutional investors, NRIs and private investors," sources said.

The formation of a special purpose vehicle to implement the five projects is under discussion. In the interim, a government society will oversee the progress of the projects, starting with the formalities of land acquisition.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 01:14 PM   #127
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The government is gearing up to formulate an action plan based on the decision by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to grant heritage status for the below sea level farming system in Kuttanad.

Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan said the heritage recognition would figure in a meeting scheduled with the Union Minister at Delhi next week. Eminent agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan is also expected to participate in the discussion, he said.

The FAO status recognising Kuttanad as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) was communicated to the government by Dr. Swaminathan last week. The official declaration will be made later this year.

The application for recognition of Kuttanad as a GIAHS site was submitted jointly by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and the Government of Kerala.

The proposal was presented by N. Anil Kumar, Head, Biodiversity programme, MSSRF, at the GIAHS World Forum in Kanasawa, Japan, in December.

Dr. Kumar told The Hindu that the GIAHS certification for Kuttanad would entail schemes to revitalise the heritage systems, protect biodiversity and improve livelihood support for local communities. He said it would facilitate mobilisation of funds from different sources.

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“It is important that the projects based on the GIAHS certification are based on a scientific study of the ecosystem. They should also complement the ongoing packages,” he said.

P. Rajendran, Project Officer, Kuttanad Package, said the FAO-supported activities would have to be formulated carefully to avoid duplication with existing packages. He said the schemes to be taken up under FAO guidelines would require some compromise to suit the peculiar ecology and the interests of the stakeholders.

Unconventional system

Located close to Vembanad lake in Alappuzha district, Kuttanad is known for the unconventional system of paddy farming about four metres below the sea level. The farmers cultivate paddy after pumping out the water and constructing bunds.

The heritage status will help to take up ecological restoration and sustainable development of the water-logged region. It would also be a recognition for the pioneering farmers who took up the challenge to introduce paddy farming about 150 years ago by reclaiming land from the lake and constructing bunds to keep out the water from the fields, Dr. Swaminathan said, in his letter to the Chief Minister.

Over the years, the sensitive ecology of the Kuttanad region has come under increasing stress due to the indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, real estate development, flawed water management, commercial fish culture, and the growth of tourism.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #128
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‘See Kuttanad' by first week of March

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The State Water Transport Department's latest project, ‘See Kuttanad', is in the final stages of preparation and is likely to be launched by the first week of March, enabling tourists and other passengers to use the same boat to travel along the scenic backwaters.

The ‘See Kuttanad' project comprises two luxury boats, one of which has already reached the SWTD docks here, which will have a mini-eatery, video and upper deck seating arrangements.

The upper deck, according to SWTD director Shaji V. Nair, would be reserved for tourists with a ticket rate of Rs.25 per person, while the lower deck would be given to usual commuters at the rate of Rs.10 per person.

The minimum charge for commuters on the boat, which will operate between Alappuzha and Kainakary, will be Rs.5.

There will be 13 services, with the first one slated to begin at 10.45 a.m., and the last one, at 8.45 p.m. Starting from the bus-stand jetty, the boat will touch Soman Jetty, Arjunan Jetty, Kavunkal, Kuppapuram, Puthenkayal, Pandissery, LC Jetty, pass via School Jetty and end at the Kainakary Roadmukku Jetty, he said.

The return trip will include Goventha, Muttel, Kolathu, EMS, Kannitta, Punchiri and Vilakumaram and reach Alappuzha via the Nehru Trophy region.

The boat, which has 90 seats, 30 of them on the upper deck, is in the Alappuzha docks, waiting for the inclination test, after which the launch will be done, Mr. Nair said.

The first boat, manufactured by Steel Industrials Limited Kerala (SILK) at a cost of Rs.48 lakh, will be joined by the second one in the latter part of next month, SWTD officials said, expressing hope that the new endeavour would be a boon to tourists who now have to pay heavily to private operators.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 12:49 PM   #130
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Alappuzha coir body implements Rs 45.68 cr worth projects

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The Alappuzha Coir Cluster Development Society (ACCDS), constituted in 2005 as an SPV to undertake various infrastructure improvement projects in the Alappuzha coir cluster, has so far implemented projects valued at Rs 45.68 crore out of the total plan outlay of Rs 56.8 crore approved by the Union Ministry of Commerce under its Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme of its Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

Of the total outlay, 75 per cent amounting to Rs 42.6 crore had to come by way of Central Government grant under the scheme in three instalments of which two instalments amounting to Rs 14.2 crore each had already been released earlier.

The third instalment amounting to Rs 9.21crore would be handed over to the Society by the Union Minister of State for Power, Mr K C Venugopal, at a function to be held at Alappuzha on Saturday.

The implementation of the project is aimed at removing drudgery associated with the highly labour intensive household and small-scale sectors involved in the production of raw materials like coir fibre and yarn required for the export-oriented coir industry located in Alappuzha district, the home of coir in Kerala.

Besides enhancing the earning capacity of the workers, including by way of increase in the number of days of employment in the cluster, the project also visualises additional employment generation of nearly 23,000 workers in the coir cluster, the only one of its kind approved by the Commerce Ministry in the State.

The Coir Board is the central agency assigned to closely monitor the activities of the society in implementation of the project. The Board, on its part, has been extending technological assistance and infrastructure support to the society in implementing the project.
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In a first for any Indian museum, the US-based Pave the Way Foundation has donated a statue of the Prodigal Son to Ravi Karuna Karan Memorial Museum here.

Weighing about 600 kg, the seven-foot bronze statue is the work of renowned Israeli sculptor Sam Philipe, whose models have been installed across the world, including the Vatican. It will be installed on the museum’s courtyard early March, an official said.

A Biblical character, Prodigal Son is the mythical young man who wandered far away from his father and found trouble awaiting him.

According to a museum official, the foundation learnt about them on the Internet and, impressed with the facilities, sent the museum authorities a letter showing interest in donating the bronze
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“We have identified that installation of the monument could make an added advantage at the museum. We donate the statue aimed at improving inter-religious relations and encouraging intra-religious relations,” the letter stated.

Betty Karan constructed the museum in 2006 in memory of her late husband Ravi Karuna Karan, a coir exporter.

This museum at Alappuzha houses over 3,500 pieces of ivory carvings, antiques, paintings, crystal pieces, porcelain objects and other items.
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UNESCO recognition for Kettukazhcha, Kuthiyottam

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ALAPPUZHA: The ‘kettukazhcha’ and ‘kuthiyottam’ rituals held as part of the bharani festival of the Chettikulangara temple will be accredited with the Intangible Cultural Heritage(ICH) status of the UNESCO.
The Sreedevi Vilasam Hindu Matha Convention, the governing body of the temple, has submitted all the documents to the UNESCO through the Central Sangeetha Nataka Academy, the nodal agency of ICH in India, in this regard. A team from the UNESCO led by its Asia- Pacific Director Arumughom Parasuraman had visited the temple last year.
They evaluated the preparations of the festival, making of the kuthira for kettukazhcha and preparations of the kuthiyottam. Later, a committee led by the then Additional Chief Secretary K Jayakumar prepared documents related to the festival and forwarded them to the UNESCO.
The fourth session of the General Assembly of the State Parties of the ICH will be held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris from June 4 to 8, where the report will be considered.
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