Piravom: To add grace to the morning strolls of local residents, an eco-friendly river-side park has been raised here in Ernakulam district. It has come up along the Kallidumbil Kadavu road at Pazhoor on the banks of Muvattupuzha.
The riverbank beautification has been carried out with the assistance of the Kerala Tourism Department. About 500 m of the road adjoining the river was strengthened using concrete at a width of 5 metres.
A jetty to promote river tourism has come up next to the park. Benches, e-toilets and pergolas have been provided for the convenience of the public.
The entire work cost Rs 2 crore.
There are plans to introduce boat services to Kochi as part of promoting village tourism. One may reach the park by taking a deviation of 500 m from Pazhoor Junction at Nadakkavu. As the Monippally-Amballoor road has been completed, those from Kottayam district can reach the riverside park in less time after crossing the Mulakkulam bridge.
The idea of an eco-friendly park was presented by the Piravom municipal chairman Sabu K Jacob. An amount of Rs 1.5 crore was sanctioned for the project.
Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran inaugurated the park on June 5 at a function presided over by Anoop Jacob, MLA.
Prior to the inauguration, a half marathon was conducted from the Piravom bus station premises to the park at 6.30 am.