TOURISM PROJECTS IN THE PROJECT AREAS UNDER IRRIGATION DEPARTMENT
PURIFIED WATER BOTTLING PLANT NEAR THE MALANKARA DAM SITE OF MOOVATTUPUZHA VALLEY IRRIGATION PROJECT
HARNESSING OF NON CONVENTIONAL ENERGY TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE STATE
MANAGEMENT OF WATER RESOURCES IN THE RAIN SHADOW AREAS OF KERALA STATE
- TOURISM PROJECTS IN THE PROJECT AREAS UNDER IRRIGATION DEPARTMENT
|The Muziris Heritage Project, claimed to be the first of its kind in the country, is under implementation with funding support of Ministry of Tourism, GoI.
Various canals coming under Phase I of Muziris Heritage contains lot of suspended materials and the canals do not have sufficient water depth at some locations.
Government have entrusted the project “Improvements to Muziris Waterways – Construction of Jetties, deepening and clearing of rivers and side protection” with Kerala Irrigation Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd for implementing the connected works. The work is fast progressing.
|Karapuzha Project in Wayanad District, with its strategic location and the natural environment, has the right potential to be developed into a Tourist Destination in Kerala. But, lack of an approved Master Plan for the development of the entire project area, is hampering the total development of the project. An immediate step in the preparation of a Master Plan for Karapuzha Project is necessary for a holistic development of the project area. For this the Company is in the process of preparation and implementation of the Master Plan for Karapuzha Project. Central Government has already sanctioned Rs. 4.90 crores for the development of tourism at Karapuzha and this is being implemented as first stage.|
|Government of India has sanctioned a tourism project for Development of Backwater Tourism at Alappuzha amounting to Rs. 72 crores. The Company has already started coordinating the works of the survey of the proposed sites, preparation of architectural drawings through approved architects of Tourism Department, preparation of estimate etc.|
|Government of India has already sanctioned a tourism project for Development of Tourism at Thumbramozhi and the Company has already started coordinating the works of the preparation of architectural drawings through approved architects of Tourism Department, preparation of estimate etc.|
|To have planned tourism development in the state, Department of Tourism and Govt of Kerala have identified different tourism circuits and destination for the intensive infrastructure development. One of the destinations identified for development is Bhoothathankettu. The proposals is for Development of Bhoothathankettu as a Tourist Destination.|
|The Chamravattom Reservoir is located at down-stream of Bharathapuzha. This stretch along ‘Nila’ is often referred as the cultural conscience of Kerala. The reservoirs’ hidden potential for tourism and water-sports development has been legitimately acknowledged by the Company and with this in view, the Company, with the Government approval, has approached the National Institute of Water sports (NIWS) to undertake a technical study to map the development of potential of Chamravattom reservoir and its environs for tourism.|
- PURIFIED WATER BOTTLING PLANT NEAR THE MALANKARA DAM SITE OF MOOVATTUPUZHA VALLEY IRRIGATION PROJECT
|The Company is setting up a plant for bottling of purified water near the Malankara Dam site of Moovattupuzha Valley Irrigation Project by utilising the available land and buildings under Irrigation Department at the project site. The project has been prepared for the production of 7,500 bottles (1000 ml) of bottled pure water per hour of capacity. Water required for purification and bottling is proposed to be drawn from the reservoir. The marketing of the product is proposed to be carried out directly by the Company.|
- HARNESSING OF NON CONVENTIONAL ENERGY TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE STATE
Initiatives have already been taken by KIIDC and the preparatory works are in progress for collection of data relevant to harnessing the Non-Conventional energy sources, like windmill, solar panel, Mini Hydro, etc, utilising the facilities available in the Project areas.
|Solar P V Floating Park at Malampuzha in Palakkad District
The floating SPV system (solar photovoltaic system) is an innovative technology for utility scale solar power generation and can be installed on the water surface of irrigation tanks, drinking water reservoirs, industrial reservoirs, etc.
The floating SPV plant can be installed on large water bodies such as irrigation tanks, wastewater reservoirs, industrial reservoirs, etc. Malampuzha Reservoir has been taken up as a pilot project for floating SPV system (solar photovoltaic system) for harnessing utility scale solar power generation.
|Solar P V Parks at different locations in Kerala
Conventional land based renewable energy projects require valuable land for installation of plants and land acquisition could pose a severe constraint for project developers. The irrigation department has under its possession more than 118 sq km of water spread area at full reservoir level, more than 952 km of main canal and more than 500 km of branch canals. These water bodies and the land adjoining the canals along with canal tops can be utilised for installation of solar PV ( floating as well as grounded) to generate solar energy to the tune of more than 1352MW. With this backdrop, the Kerala Irrigation Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd is proposing to utilize water body and the land available under Irrigation Department for generating power using the solar PV technology.
|Setting up of wind farms at different locations in Kerala
Wind power has emerged as the most promising source among all other renewable energy sources for power generation and it is a viable and cost effective option for grid connected power generation.
The company is presently proposing to venture into wind farming in lands available under the projects in Palakkad District.
- MANAGEMENT OF WATER RESOURCES IN THE RAIN SHADOW AREAS OF KERALA STATE
Vattavada is a village in Idukki district in the state of Kerala, India.
Vattavada is a virtually rain shadow village, lying in the eastern side of the Western Ghats near to Marayur and northern side of Munnar.
Vattavada is known as the MARKET OF KERALA , because they are in the fore front in cultivating vegetable. Vattavada is famous for its wide variety of crops which is not seen on the other parts of Kerala. At present an area of 1057 ha is being utilised for vegetable cultivation.
The Panchayath has a population of 15000 people and of these as per panchayath records 90% are Below Poverty Line. The literacy rate is only 32% with litaracy of Male being 44% and litaracy of Female being 20%. The Panchayat has 6 nos of SC Colonies.
At present no stable irrigation facility are available for large tracts of irrigable area in Vattavada and Kottakkumbur Villages. In order to meet the increasing demand of agricultural products, it is necessary to utilize the available land in the most efficient manner possible. Most of the fields depend entirely on monsoons. Failure or untimely occurrence of the monsoon causes severe damage to crops. The scheme aims to utilize the inflow in the catchment effectively. The completion of the scheme will facilitate assured irrigation for the existing cropped area of 1057 Ha and conversion of 1443 ha. of fallow lands into irrigated lands. The ayacut of the scheme stretches out in Vattavada and Kottakkumbur Villages of Vattavada Panchayat.