In an effort to revive the tourism potential of Thanthonni Thuruthu situated close to bustling city, the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) has decided to revamp the dilapidated boat jetty at the island. It will be turned into a tourist-friendly dock very soon. Once the new jetty is set up, the DTPC expects to implement a slew of tourism projects on the island.
DTPC Secretary T N Jayashankar said that it has been decided to include the boat jetty at Thanthonni Thuruthu as a stopover for cruise operations. “Once the Chathanad-Pizhala-Kadamakudy-Moolampilly cruise operation kicks-off, there will be a stopover for tourists at Thanthonni Thuruthu. Since the boat jetty is unsafe for boarding, we cannot think of operating any tourism boats at the moment. As the island has a vast potential for tourism it will be utilised as a stopover for cruise operation, and a safe boat terminal is the need of the hour,” Jayashankar said.
The Tourism Department has already sanctioned `69 lakh for the project. Kerala Electrical and Allied Engineering Company Ltd (KEL) has been entrusted with the work. The company has already opened tenders for the project. “Prior to the reconstruction of the boat jetty on the island, the KEL has been asked to construct a temporary boat jetty to accommodate the passenger boat which arrives on the island. Once the work is completed, the restructuring of the existing boat jetty will commence,” the DTPC Secretary said.
He added that the work is likely to be completed within three to six months. As per plans, the existing structure will be dismantled. A paver for a driveway will also be constructed for smooth passage. A gate, rain water harvesting tank and landscaping work will also be done as part of the project. Since a overhead roof is the need of the hour at the dilapidated jetty, the DTPC will also undertake the construction of a truss roof.
There are demands to increase the number of boat services operating to the island. “We have submitted requests in this regard to the concerned authorities. There is only one boat operating from the island to Ernakulam. On some days, when there is a dearth of services, we are forced to depend on fishing boats to reach the mainland,” said Sreekumar, an islander.