The residents of Tripunithura are up in arms against the delay in completing the Thanneerchal Tourism Project which aims at exploring the tourism possibilities of the area.
According to them, the project envisages a commercial building called Town Square on the bank of Thanirchal Pond at Irumpanam. A children’s park will also be set up adjacent to it.
“Earlier, the municipal authorities had promised to complete the project within two years. Though the project was started three years ago, it has not even reached its half stage,” they said. The residents feel that the proposed tourism area can later be developed as a major tourism hub. “Once the project is implemented, it would add to the tourism potential of Tripunithura. Moreover, the proposed project area is only half a kilometre away from Tripunithura Hill Palace. However, authorities are not able to tap the tourism potential of the project,” they added. Meanwhile, Tripunithura Municipal chairman R Venugopal refuted the allegation and said the project is progressing in a fast pace. “We can complete the project within next November. Now, the project has been temporarily stalled owing to the incessant rain.
However, the Thanirchal Pond has already been renovated by adding boating facilities, which will definitely attract more tourists to the park. Also, the construction works of the Children’s Park, including the parking area and compound walls, are also progressing,” he said.