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Some facts while navigating on the West Coast Canal (NW-III)
 

1.

The famous Kumarakkom Backwater resort runs from a canal linked to the West Coast Canal. It is not a Part of the National Waterway (the West Coast Canal). There are several ferries run by the Kerala State Water Transport Corporation in the Kumarakkom Canal.
 

2. 

There is a draft restriction on the West Coast Canal beyond Allepey as Work is under Progress and this restriction maybe removed within 6 months or 1 year as per the IWAI Cochin Office.
 

3.

Communication Links with the IWAI on VHF radio aren't reliable but Kerala has several Amateur Radio Repeaters on the VHF band, whose coverage is very good.
 

4.

The Kottapuram-Kochi (34 kms) stretch is not yet developed for national waterway standards.
 

5. The West Coast Canal is open for day navigation only.
 
6. The barges and ferries run at reduced speed.
 
7.

Fishing stake nets and china nets are erected all along the waterway especially near Aroor area, Cherai area, Kayamkulam canal, Ashtamudi canal etc where the Barges shall run at reduced speed.
 

8.

The Barges shall run at reduced speed in order to avoid accidents / bank erosion. They are also restricted to run at reduced speeds at the Locks which are kept open during the monsoon period June-November and closed later but open to barge movement during December-May (an ideal time to navigate the Canal).

 
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