KANNUR: The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) has finally sought administrative sanction for its project to boost tourism at the Muzhappilangad beach, a tourist destination in the district. The corporation has mooted a project worth Rs 40 crore for the destination. “We have been working on the project for a long time. It was delayed or postponed for various reasons. But now we have got the permission for the project. We are working on inviting tenders as the next step,” KTDC Chairman M Vijayakumar told Express.
The funds for the project have been allotted through the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). “The project was submitted to KIIFB and they approved it,” said Vijayakumar.
The longest drive-in beach in the country, Muzhuppilangad was long neglected. “The drive-in area at the beach is six km. Though beaches in Mumbai and Goa have drive-in facilities, the area is limited to less than two km,” he said.
The KTDC project is now all set to construct a four star resort with all modern facilies. “There are no good hotels or resorts in Muzhuppilangad. We will cater to this need with great importance,” he said. “The tourists flooding to the place currently rely on local homestays. So, the chances in the area are immense.”
The project will construct a passage to the island close to the beach. The possibilities of the 75 acre island have not yet been explored.Vijayakumar said the department is planning to start construction this year and the project will be completed in two years.