Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran has said that the waterweed-filled Akkulam Lake in Thiruvananthapuram will be resurrected soon. The project is expected to give the much-needed impetus to the tourism prospects of the Kerala capital, which has been craving for new and quality tourism products for quite some time. The new project, worth Rs. 64.13 crore, primarily aims at cleaning the lake by employing various eco-friendly technologies. “The trash and weeds, which got accumulated in the lake over a period of time, will be completely removed,” the Minister said.
The new project, worth Rs. 64.13 crore, primarily aims at cleaning the lake by employing various eco-friendly technologies
The small land parcels on the lake will be developed as islets of greenery, equipped with an eco-friendly water purification mechanism. “In the first phase, the project aims at the removal of weed and waste in the lake and dismantling of the weir under the Akkulam bridge. Along with that, work to deepen the boating channel in the lake will also be undertaken” he said.
Water and Power Consultancy Services Limited (WAPCOS), a PSU under the Central Government, has been chosen as the SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) for the implementation of the project. The detailed plan for the project was prepared by Transitional Research and Professional Leadership Centre of Barton Hill Engineering College. Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) has recently accorded approval for the work.
It is learnt that the authorities have decided to execute the project under Design-Build-Operate-Transfer (DBOT) model and go for an International Competitive Bidding (ICB) to find appropriate bidders with experience in the eco-restoration of lakes.
Meanwhile, works under Kerala Tourism’s Akkulam Tourist Village project, aimed at improving the amenities at the destination, are progressing well. With the technical support of Southern Air Command (SAC) of the Indian Air Force (IAF), the tourism department is setting up an ‘aircraft and flight simulator museum’, a first-of-its-kind in the State. The work, being carried out by Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society Ltd. (ULCCS), is expected to be completed by June 2020. Other attractions to come up at Akkulam include an amphitheatre, a 12D theatre, a musical fountain and a waste management plant.
Minister Surendran added that appropriate measures would be taken to revive the tributaries of Akkulam Lake as well.