Malpe Sea Walkway Point to be ready by December first week

Malpe Sea Walkway Point to be ready by December first week

District In-charge Minister Pramod Madhwaraj said tourism ventures have been introduced in Malpe on a large scale and Rs 1.12 crore has been earmarked for the purpose.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone for Karnataka's first-ever 'Sea Walkway Point' at Malpe beach, the minister said that Malpe and St Mary's Island are areas of historic significance.

An amount of Rs 55 lakh has been sanctioned from the Malpe Development Committee for this project.

Malpe is the second biggest port in Karnataka and it is considered as the most beautiful in the Indian sea coast. The columnar rock formation in St Mary's Island is found nowhere in the world, except in Africa. The area is replete with natural bounty, he said.

He said that a proposal worth Rs 17 crore is being envisaged to develop Padukere and Shanthinagar beaches. The works will be over by December-end, so that the projects see the light of day by New Year. An amount of Rs 1 crore is exclusively earmarked to develop Shantinagar beach, he added.The minister said that Rs 75 lakh is already released to construct huts and benches on the sea coast, besides the adventure sports which would be taken up in the area.

'Malpe Sea Walkway Point' will offer visitors the experience of walking in the middle of the sea. In order to avoid chaos, a separate jetty will be developed to ferry boats to St Mary's island, he said.

The walkway point will be 500 metres in length, with a width of 8.5 foot. Other infrastructural facilities include 15 ornamental lights, 30 steel railings on both sides built with laterite stone which will create a unique landmark for Malpe Beach.

Tourists can experience the beach on one side and Padukere river on the other side, along with a view of three islands at the edge of the walkway which are - St Mary's Island, Light House Island and Dariagad Island.

Visitors can watch fishing boats entering the dock during evening hours along with the beautiful sunset over the horizon. The spot is also good for fish angling and to spot dolphins.

The project is being executed by Udupi Nirmithi Kendra and will be completed by the first week of December.

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