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Kerala tourism development corporation hauls huge boat out of service at Thekkady.

The KTDC has ceased the huge boat service at Thekkady because of the low water level in the Mullaperiyar dam, on Friday. On Thursday, it chose to end the service of the 120-seater 'Jalaraja' with the water level in the dam subsiding to 109 feet. Low water level in Thekkady lake prevents boat services as sand and tree trunks are clearly seen. Boating is the top tourist attraction at Thekkady as it provides a chance to see the wild animals. In November also, following a demand from the forest department, the KTDC ended organizing 'Jalaraja' for over 25 days. The forest department-claimed three boats have already limited their capacity to 20 seats from 60. KTDC's 'Jalasundari' now permits only 30 people on its 55-seater boat. When water level subsides in Mullapperiyar, the boat jetty used to be shifted by creating a floating jetty to proceed the boat service. But Periyar Tiger Reserve deputy director Krishan Kumar informed TOI that there is no decision to create a floating jetty this time. Now, only four boat services are being worked at Thekkady by the KTDC.

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