Maharashtra could soon see Kerala-like houseboats along the coast

The government has been trying to adopt the model from Kerala and now, it might just come into play.

Maharashtra could soon see Kerala-like houseboats along the coast

Maharashtra is all set to take inspiration from Kerala and will introduce its own version of the kettuvallams (Kerala houseboats) which are a prominent tourist attraction in Kerala backwaters.

Tourists traveling to Maharashtra next month onwards will be able to stay on a houseboat along the long coast of the state.

The Maharashtra Maritime Board invited expressions of Interest from individuals interested in operating houseboats along creeks and on the sea along the state’s 720-km coastline. 

The Board had previously tried to introduce houseboats in the city but the plan did not succeed as the investors did not respond affirmatively. 

We want to bring the Kerala experience to Maharashtra and boost tourism. We have permitted 13 companies and will hopefully run from December. The boats will be from Kerala and they will handle the maintenance and security of the project." 

Atul Patni, CEO, Maharashtra Maritime Board.

According to Captain Sanjay Sharma, Chief Port Officer, Maharashtra Maritime Board, thirteen people were interested in the project last year but the proposals did not proceed further, so this year, the project will be given another shot.

Nair is hoping that he will be able to start the operations by the first week of December. The Board is helping him to obtain permissions. 

He hopes to begin with one houseboat running between Belapur and the Gateway of India and is keen to kick-start this project as soon as possible. 

So Mumbaikars, do you think this move will boost tourism in the state?

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