Vallakkadavu Boathouse eyes multi-modal hub plan for revival





THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the Airport Authority of India's (AAI) multi-modal hub system gathering steam, there is renewed hope that the historic Vallakkadavu Boathouse may get a new lease of life.

The monument which was renovated by the Trivandrum Development Authority (TRIDA) at a cost of Rs 90 lakh was handed over to the tourism department three years ago. Since then, the magnificent historic structure has been lying unused, covered in dust and bird droppings.
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Painting by Raja Ravi Varma depicting Richard Temple-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos being greeted by Visakham Thirunal, with Ayilyam Thirunal of Travancore looking on, during Buckingham's visit to Trivandrum, Travancore in early 1880
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The Vallakkadavu Boathouse which was built in the 1820s was the hub of cargo and passenger transport to and from Travancore. TRIDA had restored the building then by using teak wood and remained true to the original design. With a built up area of 600 sqm including a mezzanine floor of 225 sqm around five boats can be operated from here at a time.
 


The Travancore State Canal in Kerala was the main artery of the Travancore Kingdom in the past. The beautiful sight of traders with their ferries on the canal is captured into the lens of the Times of India photographer on January 1, 1940.
The cleaning of the polluted Parvathy Putthanar canal for the multi-modal hub project is also expected to give the boathouse a breather. The canal is expected to connect the Trivandrum International Airport (TIA) with the inland waterway. But unfortunately, the encroachments in the area surrounding the boathouse and the waste of around 18 make-shift homes on the north side are being dumped into the canal which flows into the docking area of the boathouse. Apart from this the waste strewn across the walls has also clogged the canal. A massive clean-up has to be undertaken said a DTPC official.

"The DTPC has suggested a temporary bund to be built in the canal below the historic archway leading to the docking area to block murky water from lapping against the building. A spring that flows next to the boathouse would provide fresh water while the cleaning process is undertaken. The building itself can be used as an avenue for leisure. If visitors will be using a ferry to the airport, they can have a short halt here, or boats could dock here. There are so many ways in which this building can be put to good use. It can recreate history, a slice reminiscent of a bygone era," said a senior DTPC official.

The DTPC proposal had given an estimate of Rs 10 lakh for plumbing, sanitation, building an additional toilet, providing water supply and electrification and around 15 lakh for cleaning the canal, painting and wood polishing works

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Sir (Rustomjee Cowasjee Cursetjee) Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, 5th Bt; Sir Charles William Cayzer, 1st Bt; Miss Cayzer; Miss Jejeebhoy; Sir Jamsetjee Manockjee Cursetjee Jejeebhoy, 4th