Thiruvananthapuram: In a bid to develop the
famed Bekal Fort in Kasargod as an international tourist spot,
Kerala Government has decided to construct an air-strip to
facilitate landing of small flights at Kariyamkund.
The cabinet would approve the project soon and land
acquisition process would start after the report of district
collector, Home and Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
informed the Assembly today.
The plan was to develop an air-strip that could
facilitate landing of flights with capacity of 50 passengers,
he said, adding, currently tourists board a helicopter from
Mangalore, about 50 km from Kasargod, to visit the fort.
The assistance of Rajiv Gandhi Civil Aviation Academy
would be sought for the project. A consortium would also be
formed by the Bekal Resort Tourism Corporation joining hands
with private tourists groups of Bekal, he added.
Bekal fort, shaped like a giant keyhole, was built by the
rulers of the ancient Kadampa dynasty.