• Bekal to join the big league, air connectivity soon

    The famous Bekal Fort of the Chirakkal Rajas, one of the largest and best preserved forts in the State, is all set to figure on the aviation map with plans afoot for the construction of an airstrip. The airstrip that can accommodate 50-seater aircraft will offer last-mile connectivity to the Bekal Special Tourism Area that has already been developed as an exotic beach destination.

    The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has almost finalised a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the construction of the airstrip.

    Incidentally, the authorities are yet to convene a meeting of stakeholders and the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC) spearheading the destination development in Kasaragod district, thanks to the code of conduct in force ahead of the May 16 Assembly election.

    Sources said the government had already granted administrative sanction and had allocated Rs.35 crore for the first phase of the project proposed in Uduma panchayat.

    As much as 120 acres will be required for the airstrip, which will come up close to the notified area, while 40 acres are already in the possession of the government and the BRDC. For the record, it takes two hours by road from Bekal to the Mangaluru airport and the upcoming Kannur international airport.

    The airstrip will come in handy for the six resorts that have come up at Bekal to attract upmarket holidayers. Airlines can directly operate to Bekal or can offer air connectivity from international airports in the State. 

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