Thiruvananthapuram: Pushing forward its plan to launch a seaplane transport service linking major tourist destinations by January 2013, the Kerala government today sanctioned Rs seven crore for development infrastructure.
The Kerala Tourism Infrastructure Development has been sanctioned the amount to take up works related to basic facilities at different tourist spots.
"The Tourism Department is the nodal agency for implementing the project and the plan is to start the service by January 13 next`, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters after the cabinet meeting here.
The seaplane project is among the about two dozen tourism projects showcased at the recent `Emerging Kerala` investment summit to exploit the potential of the state`s plenteous water bodies.
About 58 companies have shown interest in the venture, apart from two plane manufacturers. The state has also identified seven locations for launch of the project.