The Panampilly Nagar Road is all set to wear a better look as the Ernakulam District Tourism Promotion Council plans to beautify the stretch.
Sources in the DTPC said that the road, medians and traffic isles on the stretch would get a facelift. With Kerala Tourisms model-road from the High Court to Rajendra Maidan becoming a non-starter, the done-up Panampilly Nagar would be a good example of a well-maintained road with allied infrastructure in place. Another of the DTPCs plans is to clean the canal passing through nearby Girinagar.
Work on the first phase of the scenic walkway proposed by the agency from the Kundanoor bridge to the Mattancherry BOT bridge too is expected to gain momentum. The KRL has given Rs.1 crore for the 430 m road.
The agency also plans to establish a destination-management committee in Cheranalloor to convert the place into a hub for tourist boats. “Boats can ferry tourists to the excavation site at Muziris too,” tourism sources said.
A boat jetty has been planned at Kumbalam, while boat trips have been envisaged linking Marine Drive with Kadambrayar.
The second phase of development works at the Kumbalanghi tourist village is on the anvil. A DTPC-run information centre would be established for the Kumbalanghi Tourism Society. “Much needs to be done so that tourists get a truly ethnic feel at the locale. While there are a few good home stays here, there are not many activities in the locale,” a source said.
The DTPC has also planned a bathing ghat and walkway at Muvattupuzha. A hanging bridge at Triveni Sangamam would be built later.