Muziris Heritage Project For The Present Generation - India Today
February 27, 2011 at 6:30:00 PM
"The Malayalam article in India Today, written by J Binduraj, draws attention to the ancient past that is being unfolded through the Muziris Heritage Project. Both current and future generations will greatly benefit from the Kerala government's initiative to restore the ancient city's splendour.
A 2500-year-old history is being reborn through the Rs 160 crore Muziris heritage project. The government's grassroots effort to restore an ancient town to its former glory may reveal the larger story of Malabar, Malanad, and Malankara to future generations.
The government was adamant that this should be a project that would make Kerala's 2,500-year-old history accessible to all. In the world itself, there have been very few constant interventions of history like this in Athens, Jerusalem, and Rome, says Benny Kuriakose, conservation consultant for the Muziris project. Two-and-a-half years ago, while preparing the master plan for this project, its promoters ensured that it would meet international standards. The Finance Minister hopes that this pilot project will provide a share of the revenue from tourism to the common man, and Tourism Minister hailed Muziris as a project that would give a true picture of Kerala's history. If UNESCO recognises the Muziris heritage project as a spice route, the entire coastal area of Kerala will benefit."