Kodungallur: The Munakkal Beach at Azhikode in Thrissur district is now accessible to the physically challenged too. It has become the first in the district where even wheelchair-bound visitors can enjoy the scenic cove here.
The District Tourism Promotion Council had made special arrangements in accordance with the Tourism Ministry’s Barrier-Free project that aims at making all tourism destinations in state accessible to people with disabilities.
Ramps, a 330-metre pathway, motor wheelchairs, crutches, walking sticks, directions written in Braille, touch-screen kiosks and parking lot have been arranged for easy access to the beach. ET Taison, MLA, presided over the inauguration of the facilities and a family gathering of the physically challenged.
In all, 126 major tourism spots will be made accessible to physically challenged by spending Rs 9 crore under the Barrier-Free project.
Eriyad Panchayat President Prasadini Mohan presided over the function. Its vice-president PM Abdulla and other leaders and officials spoke at the event.
The Munakkal Beach is also known as the Munakkal-Muziris Dophin Beach.