The Kochi International Marina set up by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation(KTDC) besides the Bolghatty Palace will kick-start its operations on 24th April,2010. A three – storey marina house, has been constructed on the north-eastern side of the hotel. Facilities for berthing 34 yachts at a time have come up in the backwaters between the Marine Drive and the Bolghatty Island.
The marina, which will have facilities for berthing nearly 50 yachts, will widen the tourism scope in Kochi to match international standards with other developed countries.
The Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organization (KITCO) were the project consultants for the first phase of the marina. The foundation stone was laid by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on March 1st , 2008.
“The work on the marina and the recreation house had already been completed. The Kochi International Marina will be commissioned by Union Minister for Defence A.K. Antony.” KTDC Chairman, Cherian Philip, said.
The total crore spent on the project is Rs. 8.21, the Union government had given Rs.4 crore. A two-lane road had been laid from the first Gosri Bridge to the hotel at a cost of Rs.2 crore.
Facilities for berthing another 16 yachts and waterfront facilities have been planned in the second phase of the project. A decision on the second phase has not been thought of yet by the KTDC, an official said.