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Vypeen to get a ‘touristy’ facelift

Soon tourists can watch the scenic beauty of the sun immersing into the Arabian Sea standing at a view point at Vypeen.

The Department of Tourism has initiated a project aiming to give a face-lift to Fort Vypeen. Even as Fort Kochi continues to grow as a much sought-after tourist destination, Vypeen, the next shore, whose value as a heritage site is no less, has been more or less neglected so far.

Authorities claim that the Rs 2.1-crore project will change the entire complexion of Fort Vypeen and and its premises.

All components of the project, which is designed by public sector consultancy organisation KITCO, are expected to be completed within two years. Of the total project cost, Rs 1.6 crore will be spent by the state government, while Rs 50 crore is contributed by the Goshree Island Development Authority (GIDA), said Dominic Presentation MLA. He is of the opinion that it is not only a beautification project but also heritage conservation.

Cobbled pathways, widening and extension of the existing walkway to the western side and construction of benches on the walkway,  a tourist information centre, toilet facilities  at the KINCO boat jetty, an entrance gate that welcome visitors to Vypeen are the major components of the project said Dominic Presentation MLA. Renowned architect  Ramaswamy is designing the walkway, the MLA said.

There are also plans to revive the old Chinese nets by providing wooden poles to fishermen who use iron road for making the frame of the net, Presentation said.

Another important component of the project is shifting of the grotto in the church compound to the side, which will enable tourists on a vessel moving through in the water to get a clear view of this historic church, he said.