The first ever boat race on the Kodoor river in the outskirts of the town will be held on Sunday. The race, organised by Kollad Boat Club will be for the K.R. Narayanan Trophy.
Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Minister for Revenue, will flag off the competition at 2 p.m. from the temporarily constructed pavilion at Kalathilkadavu near Kollad.
According to Jimmy George, club president, the long stretch of the river from Puthuppally to Kodimatha has great potential for development. However, the area is now neglected by authorities.
On account of the present condition of the river, large ‘chundan' variety boats will not be in competition.
The competitions have been confined to iruttukuthi, vaipu, and churulan grade country boats, Mr George said.
The boat race is organised with the active participation of Kottayam Municipality, and Panchikkad, Vijayapuram and Puthuppally grama panchayats.
The K.R. Narayanan ever rolling trophy has been sponsored by the K.R. Narayanan Foundation.
The trophy was formally handed over to the organisers by foundation chairman Uzhavoor Vijayan at a specialf unction held at the K.R. Narayanan Memorial Government HSS at Kurichithanam. Foundation general secretary Abi Jose chaired the meeting.