Issues, Challenges and Risks in Investing Public Water Transportation System of Kochi
Praveen S1, Jayakumari D2, Rajakumar S2, Jegan J4

1Praveen S, M.E (Construction Engineering & Management), Department of Civil Engineering, James College of Engineering & Technology, Nagercoil (Tamil Nadu), India.
2Jayakumari D, B.Tech. (Civil Engineering), College of Engineering, Trivandrum (Kerala), India.
3Rajakumar S, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University College of Engineering, Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), India.
4Jegan J, Associate Professor & Head, Department of Civil Engineering, University College of Engineering, Ramanathapuram (Tamil Nadu), India.

Manuscript received on 15 June 2015 | Revised Manuscript received on 25 June 2015 | Manuscript Published on 30 June 2015 | PP: 39-43 | Volume-4 Issue-5, June 2015 | Retrieval Number: E4001064515/15©BEIESP
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Abstract: This paper attempts to assess the problems ailing in the water transportation sector around Kochi. The major waterways in the location have been designated as National Waterways and State Navigational Canals (State Waterways). The main arterial waterway in the city is Champakara Canal, Udyogamandal Canal, National Waterway and waterways connecting between the city and its various environs islands. Kochi is abundantly blessed with waterways of over 1,100 kms. However, only forty kilometres out of these are considered navigable for motor boats, according to the Kerala State Inland Navigation regulation states a minimum 14m width, minimum depth of 1.5m and minimum 5m overboard clearance is mandatory for their operations. Inland Canals plays an important role in the economy of the state water transport department and interconnects the islands on the Kochi environs. It relies upon extensive review of data, people’s observations about the water transport system recorded through primary surveys, and perception studies to suggest feasible measures towards addressing those problems… Conclusively, the outlook of inland navigation in Kochi region looks promising, in which issues on infrastructural gaps and institutional support are addressed suitably
Keywords: Problems, Champakara, Navigation, Conclusively, Outlook

Scope of the Article: Water Supply and Drainage