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Budget boost to tourism in Alappuzha

ALAPPUZHA

The budget proposals on development of tourism and agriculture are expected to benefit Alappuzha district. Allocation for canal development as part of national waterways project and the sops offered to various agricultural segments will be of help to tourism and farming sectors.

An allocation of Rs.16 crore has been proposed for the mega food park at Cherthala in the budget presented by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday, reports The Hindu. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries had given nod to the project earlier. The project, to be set up on 65 acres of land, is primarily meant for processing of seafood. Envisaging an investment of Rs.125 crore, it is expected to get a Central grant of Rs.50 crore.

‘Magnificent canal’

The initiatives in tourism sector such as ‘magnificent canal’ scheme, intended to provide connection of various canals to the national waterways, will be of significance to the district. Development of canals, including setting up of recreational amenities along the stretches, under the PPP investment mode, is expected to help boost tourism traffic.

The canals from Changanassery and Kottayam are to be developed as part of Kerala Coastal Shipping and Inland Navigation project.

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