The tendering process for setting up a mobility hub in Alappuzha will begin soon, Public Works Minister G. Sudhakaran has said.
He was launching five boats constructed by the State Water Transport Department (SWTD) and the Kainakary circular boat service here on Friday.
“The Alappuzha mobility hub will be established at a cost of ₹700 crore. The project will change the face of Alappuzha town. Both the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and SWTD will be given all facilities in the hub,” the Minister said.
Mr. Sudhakaran said the city road improvement project was being carried out at a cost of ₹276 crore. “The Alappuzha bypass will be opened to traffic in May.
The project is delayed due to the lackadaisical attitude on the part of the contractor and Railways,” he said.
Mr. Sudhakaran said the State government was not supporting toll for roads. “As many as 20 toll booths have been closed after the LDF government came to power in the State,” the Minister said.
Minister for Transport A.K. Saseendran said the SWTD was undergoing a modernisation process. “We will launch water taxis in three months.
Nine catamaran boats are under the construction phase.
The construction of two-storeyed solar cruise boat will be completed by April,” Mr. Saseendran said.
The circular boat is a boon to the people of Kuppapuram, Pandichery, Kainakary, Kuttamangalam, Venattukkad and Chennamkary.
District Collector S. Suhas, SWTD director Shaji V. Nair and others were present at the function.