Cabinet Approval For Muziris Heritage Project - The Hindu
September 23, 2009 at 6:30:00 PM
The Cabinet's approval of the Muziris Heritage Project is covered in The Hindu article written by K P M Basheer. The State Cabinet's acceptance of the Muziris Historical Site has enabled the project to get over a significant obstacle. The Muziris Project seeks to protect the old port's historical and cultural landmarks. It is the cultural preservation-cum-tourism initiative that focuses on the alleged location of Kodungalloor's old Muziris port.
The port, which existed from a few decades before Christ to the fourteenth century, was a significant economic hub with connections to the Mediterranean, China, Arabia, and ancient Rome. Numerous pieces of evidence indicating the port's importance have been discovered during the continuing excavations at Pattanam."
The Kunjikuttan Thampuran College in Kodungalloor will serve as the project's main office.
There will be a three-tiered monitoring system for the project. Six additional ministers, the heads of the departments of finance and higher education, and the secretary of tourism will make up the coordination committee, which will be presided over by the minister of tourism. For the implementation and coordination among agencies, there will be a monitoring group of senior officials that will be headed by the Tourism secretary. A special officer in the rank of an executive engineer will be in charge of the team.
Eight grama panchayats in Thrissur and Ernakulam, as well as North Paravur and Kodungalloor municipalities, would be covered by the MHS. The initiative attempts to preserve several historical and cultural assets in the Muziris region.