Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday visited the project site of the Room for the River programme in the Netherlands which allows for periodic inundation of land as a flood control strategy.
Mr. Vijayan, who led a delegation of officials from Kerala, made an on-the-spot assessment of the Dutch model of flood management as part of the efforts to insulate the Kuttanad region from periodic floods. The team interacted with Dutch technical experts.
At a meeting with Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands, Mr. Vijayan sought collaboration in the field of water and flood risk reduction management, port and inland water transport development, coastal protection, transport and mobility.
The Chief Minister and his delegation held discussions with senior Dutch officials and experts in agriculture, environment and food sectors. They also talked to representatives of the Confederation of the Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW).
Indian Ambassador to the Netherlands Venu Rajamani, Chief Secretary Tom Jose, and Additional Chief Secretary Biswas Mehta were among those who accompanied Mr. Vijayan.
Later, discussions were held on collaboration between the National Archives and the Government of Kerala in the preservation and digitising of Dutch records in the possession of the Kerala State Archives. The Chief Secretary handed over a letter of intent for collaboration to M.L. Engelhard, Director, National Archives of the Netherlands.
The proposal seeks to initiate collaboration as part of the Shared Cultural Heritage Programme of the International Cultural Policy of the Netherlands. The Chief Minister also had an opportunity to view maps and heritage documents relating to the the Dutch presence in Kerala in the 17th century.