Rs50 Crore Inland Waterway to Link Kovalam with Akkulam!
A mega project is on the anvil to develop Kovalam Beach and restore its former glory.
The comprehensive development plan includes garbage disposal, enhancing the security and other beautification works. A Kovalam Tourism Development committee has been formed with district collector at helm.
In order to increase the safety and security measure at Kovalam beach, a sum of Rs.55 Lakh has been allotted by the Tourism Department. For proper garbage disposal and processing, 12 acre of land will be acquired. The surfacing of road Hawa Beach will be completed.
Waste management is the main issue Kovalam is currently facing.
As per the current plan, government is trying to acquire a 12 acres of land lying behind the hotels for setting up of waste processing plant. The waste from the hotels will be fed directly to this plant. A biogas plant that process garbage from the hotels will also be part of the waste treatment plant. The generated biogas will be given to hotels. Also the waste water from the hotels will purified and will be returned to the hotels. The waste treatment plant will end the process of disposing waste directly to the sea, making the beach clean and beautiful
Waste management is the main issue Kovalam is currently facing. Some hotels are directly discarding waste water into the beach. Those hotels have been warned to stop this practice. Strict action will be taken against those hotels which discards waste to the beach. DTPC officials have been appointed to check and prevent such practices. Tourism authorities are also planning to rope in Kudumbasree to clean up the entire beach.
Two truck-loads of food waste and 150 sacks of plastic waste are collected everyday from Kovalam.
A parking area will also be developed adjacent to the plant. To increase the safety and security warning sign boards will be erected at different spots. To prevent accidents, a fence will be constructed on the rock at the beach. A permanent police aid post will also be constructed.
The process of laying new tiles along the walkway leading to the beach is currently underway. The damaged street lights at the beach will be replaced with new ones. It is learned that some anti-social elements are deliberately damaging the lights. Steps will be taken to prevent such incidents. A beach protection council will be formed by including traders and shop owners in the area.
Due to lack of proper maintenance and facilities, Kovalam is slowly loosing recognition as an international tourist spot. It’s time to put Kovalam back in the international tourism map.