History & Culture

Muziris project set to revive

KOCHI: Officials are back on the Muziris trail, seeking to revive an old dream that lay comatose in the past few years.

The uniquely ambitious Muziris Heritage Project (MHP), which seeks to link up heritage sites, restore monuments and community spaces along the riparian North Paravur, Chendamangalam, Chittattinkara, Vadakkekara, Pallippuram, Kodungalloor, Mathilakam, Eriyad and Methala and liven them up with community-based projects and cultural shows from the region, is on the cusp of being revitalised and fast-tracked by the State Tourism Department, reports The Hindu.

As a first step, a working team of project consultants and officials is visiting the Muziris region, putting to technical scrutiny each site that’s up and running for upgrade as originally envisaged, besides surveying new sites for making it a participatory conservation tourism initiative with renewed thrust on cultural research and learning.

Conservation architect Benny Kuriakose, who’s the project consultant, is leading a team of architects to prepare detailed sketches and plans while tourism officials led by special officer on the project M.V. Kunhiraman are dwelling on the administrative aspects ahead of the forthcoming meeting of the MHP board of directors at Kodungalloor on February 17. “The immediate goal is to put the project back on an even keel and it will be done in the next six months,” says V. Venu, Principal Secretary in the Department of Tourism.

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