PWD rest rooms will soon be made available for public, online booking facility from Nov 1

Muhammed Riyas | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: PWD rest houses across the state will soon be available for public too as the state government is all set to launch ‘people’s rest house’ initiative.

As per the initiative, all PWD rest houses will be converted into restrooms. As part of this, an online booking facility will be made available from November 1 for the public to avail its services.

The Minister for Public Works Department and Tourism, P A Muhammad Riyas, announced the project in the assembly and stated that the online system would not disrupt the existing facilities offered to the PWD officials.

PWD has the largest accommodation facility in the state. There are 1,151 rooms in 153 rest houses and many of them are located in key areas in the state. Thus, it enables the public to avail of its service at an affordable rate. As part of this, a plan has been prepared to renovate 30 rest houses in the first phase. For this, KTDC managing director has been appointed as the nodal officer.

Rooms will be renovated and furniture and other facilities will be upgraded as part of the renovation. Along with the renovation of the rest houses, restaurants will also be started. Further, a plan to build a comfort station, including a toilet facility for long-distance travellers will also be considered.

The rooms and the premises would be under CCTV surveillance and the security of the travellers will be ensured. The project eyes tourism development by attracting more foreigners too. The minister said that the bookings for Malampuzha Guest House, Cheruthuruthy Guest House and Ernakulam Yatri Nivas can be made online by tourists.

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