THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Co-operation and Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said the state government would generate 80,000 jobs in the tourism sector in the next two years. As a beginning, he said, `300 crore would be allocated to the Malabar cruise project.
It will link the rivers in northern Kerala and would be dedicated next year. Along with water bodies, the project will promote art forms centered around temples and Malabar cuisine.
Kadakampally said state would request Centre to include the project in PM’s Bharat Darshan project. KITTS will be engaged to arrange home stays for tourists. He said boats will be fitted with bio toilets to avoid pollution of water bodies.
No sea plane
Kadakampally said the government was not keen on the sea plane project launched by the previous UDF regime, at least temporarily.
“The government is not interested to allot money for an unviable project, However, if anyone come up with a viable seaplane project, the government will have no hesitation to consider it,” he said.