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Tourism boats launched

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Lake Princess and Lake Queen will operate in backwaters


  • Minister inaugurates KSINC's tourism operations
  • Lake Princess has six air-conditioned bedrooms
  • Lake Queen can carry 100 persons, has a conference hall



    CHARTING A NEW COURSE: Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas (right) on board Lake Princess after it was launched in Kochi on Sunday.

    KOCHI: Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas inaugurated the tourism operations of the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC) and launched two of its boats in Kochi on Sunday. Speaking after launching Lake Princess and Lake Queen, he lauded the joint efforts of the management and the trade unions of the corporation in making it a feasible and well-run organisation.

    Purchased by the Tourism Department in 1991, Lake Princess (called Patiramanal earlier) was out to Taj Group of Hotels.

    The KSINC took it over a year ago. It would operate in the Kochi-Alappuzha backwaters.

    K.V. Thomas and Jose Thettayil, MLAs, were among those who attended the function. Abdul Gafoor, commercial officer of the corporation, was among those who spoke.

    Overhaul

    "We have carried out a complete overhaul and refit on the boat. Apart from carrying out repairs to the hull, the front and the rear of the boat have been redesigned," said K.N. Satheesh, KSINC managing director.

    A double-hull vessel, Lake Princess was safer and stabler than other boats. The crew room was in the front and common utility area in the rear. In between are two four-bed bedrooms (double-deck) and four two-bed bedrooms, all air-conditioned.

    A total of 16 tourists could stay on board at a time. The boat had chemical toilets, which were eco-friendly. "The guests can enjoy the backwaters, stay in air-conditioned luxury on board for a night and taste exotic food at a cost that cost much cheaper than hotel accommodation. They could also fish from the upper and lower decks. Beach umbrellas would be provided in the upper deck," said Mr. Satheesh.

    Lake Queen, a double-deck vessel, can carry 100 people. It has a 50-seater, air-conditioned conference hall.

    The boat was launched following the success of Sagara Rani, the corporation's premier vessel that plies in Kochi backwaters. It collected about Rs.40 lakh during the last tourist season, he said.

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