Transport

Canal upgrade to open tourism corridor

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

There are immense opportunities to develop a tourism corridor, pilgrim circuit, and requisite infrastructure in the backwaters with the upgrading of 94 km of canals as National Waterways (NW).

The Alappuzha-Kottayam-Athirampuzha canal, Alappuzha-Changanassery canal, and Kottayam-Vaikom canal — the feeder routes of NW III in the State — are the emerging corridors for tourism-related activities, reports The Hindu.

“The 94 km offers immense opportunities to the stakeholders in the tourism industry as it is ideal for houseboat operations. The requisite infrastructure can be created on either side,” says former Member (Technical), Inland Waterways Authority of India, R.M. Nair, who played a key role in getting them into the NW.

Making the 94-km stretch navigable again will help the State expand water transport and further boost its ambitious plan to divert cargo movement from roads to inland waterways.

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