Alappuzha-Kottayam boat service likely to resume
Parechhal (Kumarakom): After the renovation of the Alappuzha-Kottayam waterway, the possibility of boats from Alappuzha reaching Kodimatha boat jetty has increased.
The boat services from Alappuzha to Kodimatha was stopped since quite some time after three bridges including Chungathu Muppathu bridge were built and Puthenthode was filled with mud. The boats ended service at Kanjiram jetty.
The boat journey to Alappuzha passing through canals in between six blocks of the inhabited area and Vembanad Kayal used to gift its passengers with a low-budget adventure trip.
Decrease in water level and the deteriorating condition of the river caused the temporary cancellation of services through this route. The 3 km long Puthanthode waterway from Kodimatha till Kanjiram is being upgraded now.
The mud-filled Puthanthode is only 1½ m in depth. An excavator attached to a jangar (floating device) is being used to remove the sedimented mud and waste. The irrigation department is in charge of the renovation which would cost Rs 25 lakh. The officials have claimed that the renovation would be completed by the first week of June.
The Kottayam municipality has also proposed a plan to construct a walkway along the sides of the waterway from Kodimatha till Malarikkal using the excavated mud. The officials stated that tender worth Rs 26 lakh was allotted for the same.
They also added that the repair works of two bridges near the Chungathu Muppathu bridge will be completed. The boat service is likely to be resumed once the repair work of the bridges is completed.