The Cochin Port Trust (CPT) is looking at the possibility of connecting Kochi and Lakshadweep using seaplane. This is part of the CPT’s plan to convert the southern tip of the Willingdon Island into a water sports-based tourism centre. 

“Seaplane is one of the projects we are trying to promote, which is under the Centre government’s Udaan scheme. We already have a landing for refuelling and we have proposed that this location could be used for connecting to the island of Lakshadweep,” said CPT traffic manager Vipin R Menoth.

Menoth said the Sagarmala Development Company will be coming up with a detailed project report for this. CPT had recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the district tourism promotion council (DTPC) to develop Cochin water sports complex-cum-pavilion at the island. This includes development of basic amenities for adventure water sports, training and recreation. Also, the project focuses on entrepreneurship development for aqua and adventure tourism startups in Kerala proposed at walkway near BoT bridge at Thoppumpady. 

“We have land at the southern reclamation area away from the main channels of the port, which is far from the core operational area and we are proposing to use it for tourism. That is where water sports events for which the DTPC has done some initial work and they have submitted the report to the department of tourism,” Menoth added.

CPT has also signed an MoU with Greenix Ventures Pvt Ltd for developing tourism-related projects at Willingdon Island.

A museum, Bristow Café, home stay, mini-theme park and ferris wheel, water sports, amphitheatre, planetarium and astronomy club, light and sound show, film shooting facilities, helicopter services to nearby places, and performing art centre are planned here.

Source: Times of India