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Sorry state of boat jetty deters tourists



AN OBSTACLE: The entrance to the boat jetty in Ernakulam remains waterlogged as the works are incomplete.

Each year, Kerala's backwaters and beaches attract lakhs of tourists who are interested in boating. But Kerala Tourism has not ensured the upkeep of the Ernakulam Boat Jetty which has been in a poor condition for the past many years.

As a result, many foreign and domestic tourists, who would otherwise have checked out tourist attractions in Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, Kumbalanghi, Vypeen and other islands that dot the Kochi backwaters, decide not to visit these locales. Tourists would prefer to reach these places by passenger ferries that operate from the jetty every few minutes, rather than board packed buses that commute through the congested roads. While buses take over an hour to reach West Kochi from the city, the boats that charge one-fourth of the bus fare take less than 20 minutes to cover the distance.

Despite the advantages of water transport, what welcomes boat commuters at the jetty is a narrow approach road filled with upturned slabs and open drains. Garbage heaps and slush dominate the immediate entrance to the jetty, with the area covered by pools of water when it rains. People have spat ‘paan' on the inside walls of the tastefully-designed boat jetty complex that is yet to be formally inaugurated, presenting an unwelcome sight.

Sources in Kerala Tourism said that Rs 28 lakh would be handed over to the Central PWD to ready the entrance and to create a parking lot in the open space near the jetty. Some of the vendors who are now blocking the access to the jetty would be rehabilitated in food kiosks on the western part of the jetty.

The slackness shown in ensuring the jetty's upkeep has also held up plans to extend the walkway from Marine Drive up to Rajendra Maidan through the Subhash Bose Park. A senior CPWD official said that long-pending works at the jetty would be executed immediately after the rainy season. “The height of the approach stretch to the jetty has to be raised. Cobble stones would be laid after that.” The architect of the boat jetty complex S. Gopakumar said that he had submitted a proposal to add more chairs in the perimeter of the waiting lounge, so that people do not spit/stamp on the walls. “The walls of the staircase could be used to display mural paintings based on stories written by Vaikom Mohammed Basheer who had a book stall here.”

He said that the Marine Drive walkway can be extended up to Rajendra Maidan, with a grill wall separating the walkway from Subhash Park and the Maidan.

John L. Paul

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