Green protocol will be complied with in the conduct of this year’s annual snakeboat regatta, Uthrittathi Vallamkali, in the Pampa at Aranmula, according to District Collector P.B. Noohu.
Mr. Noohu was addressing an official meeting at the collectorate conference hall recently to review the arrangements to be made at the government-level for the smooth conduct of the annual Vallamkali to held on August 29.
The Collector said the Palliyoda Seva Sanghom that organises the annual event should issue necessary directions for complying with the green protocol to all palliyoda karayogms participating in the regatta.
The government departments as well as the local self-government organisations concerned would make arrangements to spread more awareness on the green protocol among the people congregating at Aranmula to watch the regatta, he said.
Mr. Noohu said all local bodies concerned should prepare and implement the green protocol guidelines at Aranmula and surrounding areas.
He said the Tourism Department, the Information and Public Relations Department, and the PSS should also take necessary steps for the popularization of the Vallamkali through the print, electronic, and the social media.
The grama panchayats of Aranmula, Mallappuzhassery, Thottappuzhassery, Kozhencherry, and Koipram should utilize their own funds for carrying out sanitation activities in connection with the Aranmula Vallamkali, he said.
The local MLA, Veena George, has called upon the Major Irrigation Department to complete the drudging of mud banks from the Pampa riverbed in a time-bound fashion. The work on the new road linking the Sathrakkadavu and the Sree Parthasarathy Temple ghats would be completed soon, she said.
Mr. Noohu said a district-level expert committee would be constituted for maintaining optimum water level in the water stadium of Pampa to ensure smooth movement of the snakeboats during the Onam festival season.
The District Tourism Promotion Council would also explore the possibility of giving cash prizes, through sponsorship, to the winners in the boat regatta.
The grama panchayats concerned would make necessary arrangements to install street lights and bio-toilets in their jurisdiction.
Annapoornadevi, District Panchayat president; P.T.Abraham, Additional District Magistrate; M.B.Sathyan, and Nirmala Mathews, block panchayat presidents, were among those who attended the meeting.