Works on the waterway on the course, says Cm | News from Thiruvananthapuram
In his Facebook post, the Chief Minister said that 168 km from Kollam to Kottappuram had been completed. The detailed project report for the remaining 160 km will be prepared by the national waterways authority and delivered to the Centre. Once the authorization has been received, work on this section will be launched.
The Chief Minister has declared that the parts of the waterways which are not part of the national waterways are considered as the state waterways. Under this, the width of the stretch from Kovalam to Akkulam is increased, and for this purpose, Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) has sanctioned Rs 66.39 crore. The KIIFB also sanctioned Rs 247.2 crore for the rehabilitation of 1,275 families during the widening of the width of the canal from Kovalam to Varkala.
The government will construct apartments for these families undergoing rehabilitation or if they want to have a house, they will be given Rs 10 lakh for buying land and building a house. The Chief Minister said that the KIIFB has also given its approval in principle to the Canoli Canal development project crossing the town of Kozhikode at a waterway level which would cost Rs 1,118 crore. The KIIFB also sanctioned Rs 839 crore for land acquisition for 26.5 km in the Mahe-Valapattanam section and 6.5 km near Bekal. When the waterway project is completed, a low-cost and eco-friendly travel system will be ready, which will also bring major changes in the tourism sector, he said.