Kerala Hydel Tourism Centre to expand activities to boost income


Kochi: Kerala Hydel Tourism Centre (KHTC), a subsidiary promoted by Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), has chalked out ambitious plans to expand its activities to increase the non-tariff income of the board in a big way.

KHTC, which earned an income of Rs 15 crore in 2017-18, is planning a laser show at the arch dam in Idukki. “The surface of the arch dam will serve as a screen on which we would run laser shows depicting the history of the state and the evolution of KSEB,” said K J Jose, director of KHTC.

The project related to the Idukki dam, which is one of the highest in Asia, is estimated to cost Rs 26 crore. There are plans to develop an amphitheatre and an aquarium as part of the proposed project.

KHTC is also planning a largescale tulip garden, spreading across an area of 40 acres, near the Kundala dam. A cruise service between Anchuruli and Kulamavu is another project that the body is working on.

Apart from this, there are plans to construct amusement parks at seven hydel-power generating dams- Banasura Sagar dam, lower Meenmutti, Ponmudi, Kakkayam, Kundala, Anayirangal and Chengulam. At present, the board has 58 dams under it.

KHTC has already started tourism projects at 21 of its dams through joint ventures like cowboy park near Mattupetty dam in Munnar. “Our boating centre at Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad attracted around 9 lakh visitors last year,” Jose said.


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