Kochi: An apt place to spend a peaceful evening with family enjoying the soothing breeze flowing from the backwaters - an area that is detached from the hustle and bustle of the city - this is what makes Chathiyath Queen’s Walkway a favourite hangout spot for both youngsters and families.
On weekends and holidays visitors throng the Walkway even past midnight. From now on, the one side of the road in front of the Walkway will be opened to visitors on all Sundays.
Queen's Walkway is a 1.8 km long picturesque walkway in Kochi. It is a fully automated musical walkway on the Goshree Chathiyath Road in here. The two lanes of the four lane road will be now kept aside for entertainment programmes. Music, dance, games,skating and much more are in plans. It has been decided to keep this open on Sundays from 6 am to 10 pm. As a trial, programmes will be held on the Walkway on January 26 as part of the anti-drug campaign.
The amphitheatre on one side of the Walkway will host various cultural programmes. Different artists in the city will perform on the open stage. Facilities to play board games like Caroms and Chess will be organised. Local games like 'erupanth, tyre uruttal, goli kali, akk kali...' of which the new generation are unaware will also be held. Also the Walkway will witness street magic and flash mobs.
To fill your grumbling stomach, temporary food stalls by Kudumbashree will be opened. Facilities are arranged for fishing and to convert the same into tasty dishes. Mainly local dishes are being focused at the stalls.
Green protocol will be strictly followed. CCTV cameras and other checking will be carried out to ensure no plastic wastes are deposited here. Plastic and paper cups, plates will be completely avoided. Kudumbashree stalls will be using steel utensils.
Around 500 students will be participating in various programmes arranged in association with Decathlon here on January 26.
Hibi Eden MLA said Rs 50 lakh worth developmental project are being planned here. Families can safely flock the Queens Walkway. All facilities for this have been arranged. More development projects will be decided after looking at the response from public on January 26’s programmes.
Ernakulam District Residents Associations' Apex Council President Rangadasa Prabhu said that the project can be carried further only if families use the facility effectively. Along with using it, it should be kept clean and safe. Police should ensure that no anti-social activities take place here.