Air connectivity to be offered to Bekal Kerala
An air strip will soon be connecting the Bekal Fort in Kerala. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) has almost been finalised by the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) for the construction of the airstrip.A meeting between the stakeholders and the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC) is awaited. The government has already granted administrative sanction and allocated Rs 35 crore for the first phase of the project proposed in Uduma panchayat. The airstrip will occupy as much as 120 acres, which will come up close to the notified area, of which 40 acres are already in the possession of the government and BRDC.The airstrip will benefit the six resorts that have come up at Bekal to attract upmarket holiday makers. Airlines can directly operate to Bekal or can offer air connectivity from international airports in the state.This strategic move comes at a time when K M Muhammed Anil, Managing Director, BRDC, is gearing up to market the destination with the backing of the Kerala Tourism Department. The government is also aiding BRDC in creating the necessary infrastructure to cater to the rising tourist inflow in Bekal.