Government plans Rs 100-cr conservation project
Published: 26th June 2009 02:03 AM |
KOCHI: In an attempt to reinstate the historical importance of the legendary port of Muziris, the State Government is contemplating creation of the Muziris heritage Project.
The master plan for the project has been completed. At an estimated cost of around Rs 100 crore, the project is designed to bring back the past by linking the various monuments beloning to the ancient era.
The Muziris heritage site stretches from North Paravur in Ernakulam district to Kodungalloor in Thrissur district. The panchayats of Chendamangalam, Chittikulangara, Vadakkekkara, Pallippuram (Ernakulam district) Azhikode and Methala (Thrissur district) fall under the Muziris landscape.
The area has numerous ancient monuments, many of which are in a dilapidated condition. The project is based on the need to conserve, enhance and interpret the cultural significance of the Muziris landscape.
The surviving elements of Muziris comprise not only buildings but also markets, streets, footways, bridges and cemeteries.
“We will organise a two-day seminar at Kodungalloor on June 29, 30. The details of the project will be disclosed at the seminar.
Panchayat-level discussions will also be held as part of the seminar” said Tourism planning officer Unnikrishnan.
“It is a big initiative, which is being carried out by coordinating various departments, including the Tourism Department and the Archeological Department,” he said.
According to the master plan, some of the significant monuments, including the Kottappuram fort, the Jewish synagogue at Paravur, the Paliam palace, the Vypeekotta Seminary, the Paliam Nalukettu, Gothuruthu, the Pallipuram fort, the Kodungalloor Bhagavathy temple and the Cheraman Juma Masjid, come under in the Muziris landscape.