Kuttambuzha gets a makeover – The New Indian Express

Through Express news service

KOCHI: “En Thav Heritage”, an initiative of the Listed Tribe Development Department, aims to bring various development projects to the Kuttambuzha panchayat in a gradual manner. The pristine tribal village, which was clamoring for basic amenities, expects a complete facelift in the next few years.

“We aim to integrate many products made by tribal families into a commercially viable platform. It is designed as a self-generating model that helps tribal families achieve self-sufficiency using their skills. As most tribal families are not aware of the potential of their indigenous products, a centralized marketing space will help them, ”said Kanthi Vellakkayyan, president of Kuttampuzha panchayat.

The “En Thav Heritage” project is being implemented with the support of the Ernakulam District Panchayat and Forestry and Tourism Departments in three phases. In a first phase, a food processing unit equipped with modern facilities making it possible to manufacture value-added products from raw materials collected in the forest will be installed in Panthapra. A heritage village that promotes the way of life and tradition of tribal communities and an outdoor stadium will be created in the second phase.

Tourist chalets and tree houses will be set up with the active participation of the tourism department in the third phase. “We plan to bring in members of tribal communities as tour guides for the project. The whole initiative will be supported by the community itself, ”said an official from the Tourism Department.

A preliminary meeting of stakeholders from various ministries took place. Along with District Panchayat President Ullas Thomas, PMA Basheer Block Panchayat President, District Panchayat Vice President Shyni George and Kuttampuzha Panchayat President Kanthi Vellakkayyan spoke at the event.

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