₹1.69-crore project to renovate dilapidated walkway on Fort Kochi beach

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Kerala Tourism has done little to restore damaged parts of the walkway on the Fort Kochi beach.

Kerala Tourism has done little to restore damaged parts of the walkway on the Fort Kochi beach. , Photo Credit: JOHN L. PAUL

Kochi Metro Rail Limited has readied a ₹1.69-crore project to renovate the dilapidated walkway on the Fort Kochi beach, install lights, and relocate fish vendors from there.

The work will be done before Water Metro ferries begin calling at the Fort Kochi ferry terminal by the year-end. Local residents and the Kochi Corporation had sought KMRL’s help in this regard. The renovation would be of tremendous help to Water Metro commuters too, said metro sources.

Three high-mast lights will be installed along the beach to ensure that the area is well-lit. Steps will be taken to coordinate with the Department of Archeology in restoring heritage structures on the coastline. The fish vendors, whose shacks are an eyesore and block the view of the beach, will be relocated to five modern kiosks. The work will be inaugurated by Mayor M. Anilkumar at the Cochin Club on Monday.

Kerala Tourism had failed to live up to the promise made in early 2021 to renovate the walkway and initiate steps to contain sea erosion.

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