Kollam Canal

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Kollam Canal
Kollam Canal, Jan 2016.jpg
Kollam Canal at Eravipuram
Specifications
Length 7.69 km (4.78 miles)
(Part of National Waterway-3)
Status Under renovation
Navigation authority Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation
History
Date of first use 1880 (1880)
Geography
Start point Ashtamudi Lake
(in the North)
End point Paravur Lake
(in the South)

Kollam Canal or Quilon Canal is a 7.7 km long canal system passing through the city of Kollam, India. It is a part of National Waterway-3 and 78 km long Kollam-Kovalam State waterway project.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Kollam canal was built on 1880 and is a bustling part of 560 long Thiruvananthapuram–Shoranur canal(TS Canal) waterway project, also used as a means for transport of both people and goods, as an avenue for leisure and the water even used for irrigation and drinking.[3][4] Kollam Canal was an arterial inland waterway of old Quilon city, it was the major trade channel of Travancore state that time. Giant cargo vessels ferrying different types of goods through this canal were a common view of Quilon city those days. Chamakada section of the canal served as a harbour for unloading the goods brought by these vessels to Kollam. Processed cashew from various factories in the Cashew Capital along with other goods from the wholesale markets of old Quilon city for export was the major export material handled at Chamakada that time.[5]

Importance[edit]

Kollam Canal is a part of Kollam Canal development project, the canal is connecting Asramam, Cutchery, Chamakada, Pallithottam, Kochupilamoodu, Mundakkal, Eravipuram, Mayyanad, Thanni & Paravur in Kollam Metropolitan Area. Along with Kollam Canal, Paravur canal and Chavara canal are also serving Kollam Metropolitan Area,[6][7] the transportation system through Kollam Canal is intended for providing facilities for passenger and cargo transportation at cheaper rates. The waterway has tremendous tourism potential too. Authorities have already spent Rs.13 crore on renovating and reviving Kollam Canal.[8] There are several ferry stations and jetty along this 7.7 km stretch. The Kollam Canal development project is expected to meet the water transportation and irrigation needs of the people of Kollam Urban Agglomeration in future. A full-fledged intra-city water transportation system, as like the one existing in the city of Venice can be implemented in Kollam Metropolitan Area.

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