Staff Reporter

Rs.17-crore road/canal work in Phase 1

Thrissur: The Muziris Heritage circuit will be thrown open to tourists before the next Onam season, Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has said. At a workshop on the project here on Monday, the Minister said a Rs.17-crore road/canal development project would be implemented in the first phase. “Tendering process for Rs.7-crore road works has started. In all, 22 boat jetties will be constructed under the Rs.10-crore canal renovation project. Side walls of the jetties will be strengthened and canals will be cleaned,” he said.

Vehicles would not be allowed to the heritage circuit. Eco-friendly village boat services will be operated from common parking facilities at Kodungalloor and Paravur to major heritage spots.

“Research panels have already shortlisted artefacts, paintings and documents to be displayed at the museums. A core committee will finalise the list,” Mr. Isaac said.

A design workshop would be held in January to discuss the display. A 120-member team with representatives from local bodies would collect the heritage items. A workshop for the team would be held in February. Minister for Culture M.A. Baby said the Muziris heritage project, which would showcase the life and times of the ancient port town, would be an educational experience for the new generation. Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran and Fisheries Minister S. Sarma also participated in the workshop.