KERALA

Tourism not in slump, says Kodiyeri

UPBEAT: Home and Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan arrives to inaugurate the beautified beach in Kozhikode on Sunday.

UPBEAT: Home and Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan arrives to inaugurate the beautified beach in Kozhikode on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. Ragesh

Staff Reporter

Says projects drawn up to shield the industry from recession

Kozhikode: Tourism across the globe is facing the repercussions of the recession, but Kerala is managing to take the industry ahead without any major slump, as the State government has planned to tide over the crisis, Home and Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said.

The Minister was inaugurating the beautified beach here on Sunday.

He said that the government had initiated various projects and schemes to deal with any crisis in the tourism front. It included a project, Visit Kerala, for 2009, to help the State overcome a crisis through various measures, such as the promotion of domestic tourism.

He said the State had more than 1,000 tourism clubs in various educational institutes, including schools and colleges. “The government has initiated different marketing techniques to promote domestic tourism through this clubs, which will help the industry negotiate the present crisis,” he said.

On the development projects in the offing for the city, the Minister said he had received a Rs.1,000-crore project for the development of the Canoly Canal. The comprehensive project envisaged the widening and beautification of the canal, besides setting up of small information technology parks on either side. “We are looking into various aspects and the feasibility of this project,” he said.

The beach beautification project was carried out on a stretch of nearly half a kilometre.

The project included terracing and shoring up of the walkway and spreading interlocks on the pavements, erecting streetlamps, construction of spray-spouting fountains, setting up of cast-iron benches and arranging lawns and plants, besides fixing ornamental lights. The work started nearly eight years ago.

“The works lagged owing to a fund crunch and scarcity of materials,” said A. Pradeepkumar, MLA, who presided. The project area will be handed over to the Tourism Department for maintenance, he said.

More than Rs.3.5 crore have been spent on the project so far.

P.M.A. Salam, MLA, Mayor M. Bhaskaran, and P.M. Paulson, Executive Engineer (Roads), Public Works Department, spoke.

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