Report to be prepared in 30 days
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that a nine-member committee of officials has been formed to prepare a report on the rules and regulations concerning the houseboat sector in the State.
Chairing a meeting held here on Friday in the wake of biggest houseboat tragedy which killed four persons last Saturday, Mr.Chandy said that the nine-member committee will comprise of Tourism secretary, who will be the chairperson, Port Director, Tourism Director, District Collectors of Alappuzha (who will be the convenor), Kottayam and Kollam and the Law Secretary, Principal Secretary (Water Resources) and Principal Secretary (Environment).
The report to be prepared in 30 days will be circulated among the MLAs and other people’s representatives, representatives of houseboat owners and workers organisations, who will be asked to give suggestions on the report in two weeks.
A meeting will be held in the presence of Port Minister K. Babu after receiving suggestions.
A final meeting on April 8 will be convened by the Chief Minister in which the government will frame rules and regulations for the sector.
The necessity for new rules and regulations were made by the Chief Minister after houseboat owners pointed out that the current rules were applicable only to ships and not to houseboats which are modified ‘kettuvalloms’ cruising on lakes.
He said that there will be no compromise in implementing the rules.
However, before bringing in regulations, the government will arrange the infrastructure facilities.
“The government will discuss the issue with Port and Tourism Departments and arrange the facilities. Additional staff for Port Department will be considered,” he said.
He said that though there was an increase in the number of houseboats, it was not a growth that everyone was proud of.
“In fact, the increase in the number of houseboats was a setback for the State. Tourism Department will examine the suggestions for employing more lifeguards,” he said.
Besides Port Minister, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation K. C. Venugopal and Tourism Minister A. P. Anilkumar attended the meeting on Friday.
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