THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Rs.2.73-crore beautification work, being carried out by Kerala Tourism in Kovalam, has entered the last phase. It will be completed before the forthcoming monsoon.
Taken up under the Centrally-sponsored tsunami rehabilitation project, the works being executed by the Harbour Engineering Department are meant to give a facelift to the famed Light House and Eve’s beaches. “The works are in full swing,” an official of the Harbour Engineering Department said.
The strengthening of the 900-metre paved walkway from near Hotel Sea Face to the Light House, ravaged by tsunami and sea erosion, has entered the last phase. Gabion boxes are being used to strengthen the walkway. The box will hold together the rubble inside and prevent it from being washed away by ravaging waves. The department had already linked the gabion boxes to the damaged stretches of the existing walkway.
The work on the two police aid posts has also commenced. One of the aid posts is coming up in the middle of the Light House beach and the second one near the steps leading to the lighthouse. The lifeguard station is being set up at Edakkal rocks so that the life-guards on duty can monitor tourists in the two beaches.
Construction of a toilet block, which is also part of the scheme, will be taken up only after the Vizhinjam panchayat identifies the land and hands it over to the department, he said.
Works on the 200-metre paved walkway from Hotel Sea Face to the narrow path that leads to Kovalam palace junction and the open air amphitheatre will not be taken up for the time being. The amphitheatre was proposed to come up in the parking area facing the Eve’s beach.
According to the official, the land meant for this belongs to a leading hotel group that has taken over the erstwhile ITDC Ashok beach resort.