Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan emphasized the need for the systematic registration of houseboats, subject to specific conditions, during a discussion addressing challenges in the Alappuzha tourism sector. The determination of the allowable number of registered boats will be delegated to the secretary level. Additionally, the Chief Minister advocated for the registration of Shikara boats, contingent upon adherence to specified conditions, and underscored the importance of implementing a classification system for boats.
Unauthorized servicing of houseboats is strictly discouraged, and efforts should focus on regularizing existing services. The resolution of garbage disposal issues in houseboats has been achieved, with a directive to establish on-site waste disposal facilities. The Chief Minister urged collaboration between Collectors, the Local Self-Government Department, and the Tourism Department to address sewage disposal concerns, emphasizing the completion of three sewage treatment plants initiated by the tourism department.
To enhance the tourist experience, Chief Minister Vijayan stressed the importance of maintaining a high standard of service. This includes ensuring proper attire and polite behavior among houseboat staff, who may also be provided with uniforms and necessary training. Scientific methods for the removal of accumulated silt in embankments were recommended, and discussions on lake dredging issues were proposed to be conducted in collaboration with the irrigation department. The overarching goal is to prioritize the convenience of tourists while simultaneously addressing environmental and operational concerns in the houseboat industry.
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