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Kerala will get its first seaplane in September

KOCHI: For the first time in the state, Kochi will launch a seaplane service, as the state government has decided to introduce this facility in September this year as part of the Emerging Kerala Global Connect Programme. The announcement was made by chief ministerOommen Chandy in Kochi on Saturday.

Chandy was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the water transport terminal and office complex of Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA), which will come up on the Goshree-Chatiath Road.

The first seaplane service would begin during the global connect programme, which is slated to be held in September. Once introduced, the service is expected to boost water tourism in the state. Immediate measures would be taken to identify the area needed for this project, he said.

He also added that a meeting with the prime minister’s advisor Sam Pitroda, for discussing development plans for Kerala, has been scheduled on May 28 at Thiruvananthapuram. The development plans for Kerala would be discussed with him.

The construction work of GIDA’s three-storeyed complex commenced on Saturday. , would have a water service terminal office and a conference hall.

Soon after completion, GIDA would move to the new building from the revenue tower complex where it is housed at present.

“The development processs , which will see new roads and bridges connecting the islands, will need efficient transportation system. GIDA will utilize the inland water resource available and introduce modern and fast boats that provide residents cheap and safe transport. It has already procured the necessary clearance from Cochin Port and Kochi corporation,” said GIDAchairman P I Sheik Pareeth.

The tender proceedings of the Rs 6.33-crore project was completed by Kitco and according to GIDA officials Aluva FIT would initiate the project. It is slated to be completed within a year.

For the first time in the state, Kochi would launch sea plane service as the state government has decided to introduce this facility in September this year as part of the Emerging Kerala Global Connect program.

This was announced by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Kochi on Saturday.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone of the water transport terminal and office complex of Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA) which would come up at the authority’s land on Goshree- Chatiath road.

Oommen Chandy said that the first service would start during the global connect program which is slated to happen in September. Once introduced, the service is expected to boost the water tourism of the state. Immediate measures would be taken to identify the area needed for this project, he said. He added that a meeting with Sam Pitroda, advisor to prime minister, has been scheduled on May 28 at Thiruvananthapuram, with whom he would discuss development plans for the state.

The construction work of GIDA’s three storeyed complex that commenced on Saturday would have water service terminal office and conference hall, and soon after completion GIDA would move to the new building from the Revenue Tower complex where it is now housed.

“The development process which would see new roads and bridges connecting islands also would need efficient system of transportation. GIDA would utilise the inland water resource available and would introduce modern and fast boats that provide residents a cheap, fast and safe mode of transport. GIDA has already procured the necessary clearance from Cochin Port and Cochin Corporation,” said GIDA chairman PI Sheik Pareeth.

The tender proceedings of the Rs 6.33 crore project was completed by KITCO and according to GIDA officials Aluva FIT would initiate the project. The project is slated to get completed within one year.

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