Munambam beach to become disabled-friendly

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Munambam: The physically-challenged people would shortly get an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the river-mouth up close from the Munambam-Muziris beach here in the Ernakulam district.

District Collector K Mohammed Y Safirula and other officials reviewed the construction of a ramp, which would provide hassle-free access to the beach for the differently-abled people. The project is backed by UN Habitat Global Public Space Programme with the support of ESAF, Livable Cities India and District Tourism Promotion Council.

The Munambam beach, situated at the northern end of the Vypeen Island, has a pier paved with tiles that takes the visitors from the shore to the sea, and they can enjoy the charm of the river-mouth, where River Periyar flows into the Arabian Sea. The ramp, which is 19 meters long and 2 meters wide, would be inaugurated in the near future and would help the disabled to reach the one of the quaint spots in the district.

Before the project was launched, a ‘Mind Craft’ programme involving 30 persons, including people’s representatives, was organized in a bid to find ways and means to develop the beach. One of the suggestions that was raised in the programme was to build a ramp for the benefit of the physically-challenged people.

The officials concerned said that the project was a role model for other local self-government institutions in the state.

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