Centuries-old Agraharams in Trivandrum and Palakkad to get a makeover!

Repair and restoration of 200 units belonging to those having annual income less than Rs.2 lakh will be taken up under the scheme.

The centuries-old Agraharams, which is a part of the history of Trivandrum will soon get a new lease of life, as state government is planning to take up restoration work. The mission aims to preserve the ethnic tradition of these Brahmin Agraharams.

Under the scheme as many as 200 residential units in the agraharams of Trivandrum and Palakkad will be repaired and restored to its former glory. Kerala State Welfare Corporation for Forward Communities (Samunnathi) will undertake the restoration works. The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs.4 crore with Rs. 2 lakh for each unit.

The mission aims to preserve the ethnic tradition of these Brahmin Agraharams.

Repair and restoration of 200 units belonging to those having annual income less than Rs.2 lakh will be taken up under the scheme.  Priority will be given to households headed by single women, units with disabled people, children living without protection and transgenders.

A selection committee with representatives from the community and a monitoring committee with experts have been set up to identify the units that need to be repaired. The Kerala Coastal Area Development Corporation will be the nodal agency for executing the work under the scheme.

The initiative comes at a time when these Agraharams are gradually vanishing from the Kerala landscape.

Many years back, state government has declared Agraharams as heritage sites, and banned major architectural changes to these homesteads. Karamana, Valiyasala and East Fort are the main Agraharams in the capital. Palakkad also has Agraharams in Kalpathi.

The initiative comes at a time when these Agraharams are gradually vanishing from the Kerala landscape.

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