Thiruvananthapuram: Akkulam Lake will soon undergo restoration and rejuvenation while the adjacent tourist village gets a facelift for Rs. 128 crore as planned by Kerala Tourism. The area had been in a state of neglect for a while now with the water body infested by water hyacinth weeds and the surroundings becoming a dumping spot for garbage. The project also includes construction of an artificial island, bamboo bridge, green bridge, paved pathways, cycling track, garden and seating arrangements.
Kadakamppally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, handed over the draft of the detailed project report (DPR) for rejuvenating the lake to Usha Titus, Executive Chairperson, Akkulam Destination Management Council recently. The project aims to rejuvenate the lake and nearby areas using environment-friendly technology. According to officials, the lake rejuvenation project will be implemented by obtaining assistance from Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB).
As per the DPR, the lake will be cleared of the garbage and hyacinth and maintained to ensure it is pollutant-free. A recycling process will also be employed to improve the quality of water in the lake. An onsite water monitoring technology will provide real-time and smart updates on the quality of water. The project will also include implementing a decentralised waste management system for sustainable waste management.
The draft proposal for the project was prepared by Translational Research and Professional Leadership Centre (TPLC) at Barton Hill Engineering College in Thiruvananthapuram.