Alappuzha Bans Shikara Boat Services Amid Heavy Rainfall and Flooding Concerns

In response to recent heavy rainfall and resulting flooding, the District Collector of Alappuzha has issued a ban on Shikara boat rides and other smaller boats in the district’s waterways, including lakes and streams, until further notice. This decision aims to ensure public safety as the region faces increased risks from the monsoon’s onset. Houseboats are permitted to continue operations but must strictly adhere to enhanced safety measures. The District Police Chief, DTPC Secretary, Deputy Director of Tourism, and LSGD Joint Director have been instructed to rigorously enforce the ban and monitor compliance.

Alappuzha recorded 100.04 mm of rainfall on Tuesday, leading to flooding in several low-lying areas. With the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasting the monsoon’s arrival in Kerala within the next 24 hours, authorities are taking proactive measures to prevent any potential hazards. The ban on Shikara and other boat services is a preventive step to protect residents and tourists during this period of heightened weather activity.

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