Tuticorin is expected to get a major facelift with a series of infrastructural development projects underway ahead of the ‘Muthu Vizha.’ As part of the ongoing silver jubilee year of Tuticorin, which was bifurcated from Tirunelveli 25 years ago, many development projects were being taken up, Collector Ashish Kumar said here on Thursday.

Most of the projects to entertain the Tuticorin populace would be taken up under the self sufficient scheme. While addressing a press conference, Mr. Kumar stressed the need for public participation and also welcomed financial contribution from philanthropists, well wishers, industrialists and business tycoons across the district to organise this mega celebratory event.

So far the government had extended Rs. 1.68 crore and additionally a sum of Rs. 5 crore was sought from to execute the development works. Financial resources of around Rs. 4 crore had been committed by industrial bodies to host the programme in a spectacular way. Not only this year, such programmes would be hosted by the district administration every year in October, the month when Tuticorin was bifurcated in 1986. Arrangements are in place for hosting a variety of cultural programmes at Pearl City Beach adjacent to Nehru Park on Beach Road from July 1 and the public could witness these programmes, scheduled to go on for a fortnight until July 14. Artistes from educational institutions would display their best talent in the form of folk songs, folk music, classical dances, songs. Sixteen different programmes are in store for the viewers at the Pearl Beach. Besides, orchestra exuberance is slated to be part of the schedule. Much to the preference of the Tuticorin populace, a food festival would be hosted for food faddists and plans were also afoot to conduct boat race in a week. To add variety, Mr. Kumar said entertainers could also organise a fashion show. To raise awareness about protecting the environment from pollution, a ‘Go Green Marathon’ has been scheduled. Other programmes include magic show, pleasure hunt and cycling. As for the development side, he said a botanical garden and boating facilities would be augmented at Koramballam. Few donors have showed interest in establishing such facilities. Confederation of Indian Industry, Tuticorin has mooted an aquarium at the Fisheries College here. Efforts are also on to set up District Science Centre near Industrial Training Institute here. Representations have been made from THUDITSSIA, FICCI and CII to bring an Industrial Trade cum Exhibition Centre.

Since Tuticorin is known for fishing and maritime trade, preparations are on in cooperation with VOC Port authorities to set up a boat museum. Minister for Labour Welfare S.T. Chellapandian has volunteered to extend his contribution for the programme.