Thiruvananthapuram: A major tourist attraction awaits domestic and international travellers visiting the Kerala’s capital as the Veli Tourist Village here gets a grand and massive makeover.
Kadakampally Surendran, Kerala Tourism Minister, the other day inaugurated the implementation of six renovation projects worth Rs. 34.8 crore at an event held at Veli Tourist Village, which is just 9.1 km away from the Central Railway Station and 5.5 km from the International Airport.
A 2.5-km miniature railway worth Rs. 9 crore and a Rs. 4.99-crore Urban Park will be the major added attractions awaiting children and tourists alike seeking leisure at Veli that has long been known for its beautiful confluence of the sea and the lake.
Development of the lake shore at a cost of Rs. 4.76 crore; a Convention Centre of Rs. 9.98 crore; Multi-Purpose Facilitation Centre (Rs. 3.60 crore) and renovation of existing swimming pool and park (Rs. 2.47crore) are the other highlights of this makeover.
In his inaugural address, Kadakampally Surendran said, “Providing basic facilities together with ensuring security of tourists, especially children, is at the core of the development plans.”
The Minister also appealed to the community to take a pledge towards making Veli Tourist Village a plastic and garbage-free tourist destination.
Earlier, P Bala Kiran, Director, Tourism welcomed the participants. Presenting a report of the projects at Veli, he said that the planned 25,000-sq.ft. Convention Centre can accommodate thousand people.