KOCHI: The Greater Cochin Develop Authority (GCDA) has come up with a novel project to set up cage fish farms in the backwaters at Rameswaram near Mundamveli, and to convert the area into an echo tourism centre.
Apart from cage fish farming, the GCDA also plans a slew of projects including an 800-meter-long walkway, children’s playground, fishing facilities, food court and amphitheatre. The project, envisaged as a part of the development of western Kochi, will be implemented on 16 acres of land owned by the GCDA. “A part of the land acquired for the Rameswaram town planning project is lying unused, which will be used for implementing the eco tourism project,” said GCDA chairman G Venugopal.
Initially, the GCDA will launch the project on five acres land on a experimental basis. The project will be extended to the remaining land in the second phase.
“The `2.5-crore project has been designed to promote tourism, as well as to protect the mangroves in the area,” Venugopal said.
In order to attract tourists, the GCDA will also lit up the area and build a temporary walkway so that the tourists could experience the beauty of the mangroves. The GCDA has also formed a technical committee for implementation of the project. Dominic presentation MLA, Dr Philipose (CMFRI), Dr Baby Ignatius, scientist Dr Gopakumar, Fisheries assistant director Dr Anilkumar and Ernakulam Press Club president K Ravikumar are the members of the technical committee.