Get ready to cruise through the backwaters of Kochi in luxury. The Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA) is going to introduce air-conditioned hi-tech double-decker boats by this December. This is the first initiative taken by GIDA in the water transport sector to conduct a circular service connecting major islands of this amazing city. The administration has already given permission to GIDA to purchase the luxurious boats as GIDA is planning to purchase boats using its own funds. The estimated price of boats is about Rs 60 lakhs.
GIDA are planning to purchase custom boats, so a tender will be soon floated to identify an agency for the construction of the boat. The Kerala Industrial and Technical Organization (KITCO) will help in the preparation of tender, according to sources.
The boats that will be introduced soon will be the most modern type and will have an advantage to navigate over shallow waters with a depth of 80 cms. The upper deck will be fully air-conditioned, and the authorities expect it will attract more tourists. The boat service will connect Ernakulam – Wilingdon Island – Mattanchery – Fort Kochi Islands.