The development of artificial reefs at Kovalam has led to the influx of marine life which in turn resulted in the place becoming a hub for scuba diving.
“Across the world, scuba-diving tourism centred around artificial reefs is on the rise.
Likewise, wreck-diving, where artificial reefs are set up on sunken vessels, is also attracting a large number of tourists,” said an officer of the Thiruvananthapuram District Tourism Promotion Council.
Earlier, the state government had given its nod to instal 400 artificial reefs along the coast of Thiruvananthapuram with special focus on fragile coastal stretches.
As per the plan, of the total artificial reefs, 200 will be monolithic triangular-shaped built of reinforced cement concrete (RCC) module and the other 200 will be of monolithic Ferro triangular cement modules.
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