Transport

Kovalam-Kasaragod waterway to be completed by 2020

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The development of the entire Kovalam-Kollam-Kottapuram-Kasaragod waterway is expected to be completed and made navigable by 2020, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said.

“It is a dream project of the State and will help water transport, development of feeder canals, and trigger tourism development in a big way along the two banks,” Mr. Vijayan said in the Assembly on Tuesday, reports The Hindu.

The 168-km Kollam-Kottapuram stretch has been made navigable by the Inland Waterways Authority of India. Mr. Vijayan said administrative sanction had been given by the State government for the development of Kozhikode-Neeleswaram reach and Rs. 80 crore for the development of the Kovalam-Parvathyputhanar-Kollam stretch.

A special purpose vehicle had been set up to expedite the development of waterways as suggested by the Centre and steps were being taken to expedite the work that had been dragging on. The government complete the development of canals in Alappuzha separately.

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