Soon there will be more avenues for people to spend quality leisure time in and around Thiruvananthapuram city. Kerala Water Authority (KWA) is planning to construct a water works museum at Jalabhavan in Vellayambalam, as well as open to public two more British-era underground tunnels manned by them. It also has plans to develop and beautify adjacent areas of Aruvikkara and Peppara dams.
According to KWA officials, the move is part of the efforts to establish a link between water authority and the tourism department. “The water works museum will showcase miniature models of various water management schemes. It is part of the water circuit programme supported by the Union ministry,” said KWA (South) chief engineer Krishnakumar K P.
According to Krishnakumar, the KWA plan to open the underground tunnels in front of the Salvation Army complex at Kowdiar and Peroorkada is part of a Central government-assisted initiative. The tunnels are 100-150 meters long. One such tunnel on Museum-Vellayambalam Road was opened to public during the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Wellington Water Works here in 2009.
The three tunnels and the water distribution system they house continue to remain a technological marvel even 75 years after they were commissioned. The most astonishing is the water distribution system that has been designed to derive force from earth’s gravity to draw water.
The Central government has sanctioned (administrative) Rs 1.84 crore for the circuit project. KWA is planning to set up an open air auditorium at the maidan near Aruvikkara reservoir and beautify the park at the site. At Peppara, a viewing plaza and a walkway will be constructed.
At a high-level meeting chaired by speaker G Karthikeyan here the other day, it was decided to roll out the programme in a phased manner. It was decided float tender for the works in a month. A committee was also constituted to study other related issued in the vicinity of the dams. Water resources secretary, KWA managing director, water authority chief engineer are members of the committee.
News Sourced from “Times of India“