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Kochi plans to revive Indira Gandhi boat race

KOCHI

The district panchayat is planning to revive the boat race which was a major event in the tourist and city calendar over a decade ago.

Panchayat authorities are all set to hold the Indira Gandhi boat race 15 years after it was last held.

The event was first held in 1986 by the state tourism department in the memory of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. But the department failed to hold the race after 1999 due to the lack of political will on the part of successive governments, reports Times of India.

Now, the panchayat has roped in Madhya Meghala Boat Race Club to revive the event. District panchayat president Eldhose Kunnapilly said, “We have decided to revive the boat race which has not been conducted by the tourism department for the last 15 years. A final decision in this regard will be taken at a meeting scheduled to be held on November 30.”

The 1,200m-race was held from the Goshree Bridge to the old boat jetty near high court. Vice-president of All Kerala Boat Race Owners’ Association M S Venugopal, whose four boats participated in the first race in 1986, said, “The first race was a huge hit. More than 40 boats, including 16 snake boats, participated in the race. Valiya Ayyappan boat won in the Grade A category in ‘iruttu kuthi’ boats and Hanuman boat won in the Grade B category.”

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