Muzhappilangad drive-in beach suffers gravely from neglect
Edakkad: Asia's largest drive-in beach in God's own country is suffering, to say the least, from indifference with policies barely waking up from their files. What should have by now developed into a star tourist attraction is still grappling with infrastructure issues and sheer neglect.
The beach offers firm sand which allows vehicles to be driven along a 4.5-km stretch with waves crashing on the wheels. The vehicles belonging to different categories are let in with tickets of Rs.10 to Rs.40.
Regrettably, the beach does not even have restroom facilities. There are no signboards and the beach has just two lifeguards across the entire four-km stretch. The marble top seats that were built ten years ago as a part of the development project has been completely damaged. The marble tops have disappeared and the interlocking tiles have gotten immersed in soil. The lamp posts have rusted and there are no measures yet to avoid accidents in the beach where recently a young child was run over by a jeep.
The car wheels that get stuck in the sand when large waves withdraw end up in altercations as the parties that agree to release them demand large amounts of money. The plans to enable lighting and closed circuit cameras have also just stayed in the files.
Four roads lead to the beach from the National Highway _ Koodakkadavu, Youth, Kulambazar and Edakkad Bazar. Only the last one is well maintained with the others being so narrow making even normal traffic difficult.
Edakkad which is a part of the Corporation, Kadambur Muzhappilangad and Dharmadam village panchayats can expect to grow rapidly if this beach is developed. The beach, which falls in the Chief Minister's constituency, has to be immediately given attention to and developed into an attractive tourist centre with ample amenities and safety infrastructure.