Aviation

Kerala proposes 10 helipads for last-mile connectivity

THIRUVANATHAPURAM

The budget has provisioned for as many as 10 helipads across the State, enabling last mile connectivity to tourist and pilgrim centres.

This is part of the strategy to promote domestic tourist arrivals to the State.Guruvayur, Kalpetta, Palakkad, Munnar, Thekkady, Alappuzha beach, Kollam Asramam Maidan, Varkala, Kumarakom, and Kasaragod have been identified for helipads, reports The Hindu.

The tourism sector has been provided a total outlay of ₹311.57 crore for 24 schemes. The KTDC and DTPCs will get ₹6.5 crore each, ₹8.5 crore for HR development in tourism, ₹35 crore for marketing initiatives, and ₹7.5 crore for Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

The new scheme to develop existing, new and lesser known destinations directly and through PPP mode has been provided ₹25 crore and Heritage and Spice Route Project ₹18 crore.

The Gavi-Vagamon-Thekkady Eco Tourism Project (₹100 crore), Sree Padmanabha Aranmula Pilgrim Tourism Circuit (₹100 crore) and Erumely-Pampa- Sannidhanam Pilgrim Circuit (₹100 crore) will be established with the support of the Centre in 2016-17.

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