The construction works under this project in 2009 are on the verge of destruction. As per the project put forwarded by the then grama panchayat authorities and Ponnittassery Agricultural Library, holidaymakers will get opportunities for fishing, learning fish cooking, organic farming, boating, visiting farm land and coir industry of the panchayat.
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Ponnittassery, which is village of farmers, is part of the 12th ward of the Kanjikkuzhy grama panchayat. A library – which is a centre of many rare collections of agricultural books started by a group of husbandmen of the panchayat – has been functioning for many years in Ponnittassery. The protection and development of the library were also a part of this tourism project. As part of the project a canal in Ponnittassery was also to be beautified to attract tourists and pedal boat service was to be launched.
The estimated cost of the project was Rs 20 lakh and the tourism department had allotted Rs 12 lakh for the project in 2009.
Kanjikuzhy grama panchayat president M G Raju said the the Ponnittassery eco-tourism project was executed by the tourism department and the panchayat didn’t have any role in such project. “The tourism department didn’t hand over the project to the grama panchayat. So the panchayat could not operate it. The DTPC also failed to inaugurate the project and it stopped construction woks midway. However, we are ready to take over and resume the project if the tourism department is willing to hand over it to the panchayat,” said M G Raju. The panchayat will also set aside funds for this purpose.
Deputy director tourism T G Abhilashkumar said the department is now unaware of such a project. “We will look into it and will take steps after that. We will also visit the project site soon,” he said.
Benefits of the project.
The project will give employment opportunities to the local people, members of Kudumbasree units and other self help groups of the panchayat. The Arabian Sea and Vembanattu Lake are very near to our panchayat. This will be an advantage for this tourism project..
The components of the project.
Fish restaurants, shops of coir products and vegetables, conference hall, mini park, welcome gates, bridges, local food shops in the area by spending the fund allotted by the tourism department.