The Kerala government has decided to give more powers
to the district tourism promotion council, according
to state Minister for Tourism and Fisheries K V Thomas.
the Rs 50-lakh waterside amenity-cum-boat terminal at
Kumarakom near Kottayam, Thomas said the district collector
will be the chairman of the implementing committee of
the council. "The executive committee of the council
comprises the MPs, MLAs, panchayat presidents and block
presidents. The functioning of the council will be totally
free from any sort of politics."
said the central government share of the terminal is
about Rs 21 lakh. A desalination and filtration plant
will also be set up in the area. "A model project
has been set up at Kumbalangi in Aluva with a capacity
of 22,000 litres of water. Another project to remove
weeds from lake and river will be set up soon."
said the central aid for the projects is getting without
any delay. "There is no shortage of funds. We have
to submit the accounts whenever the project is over."