Latest Kerala Local News: 72 boats including 19 ‘chundan vallam’ in competition

Alappuzha: No less than 72 boats, including 19 chundan vallam (snake boats), will compete in nine categories in this year’s Nehru Trophy Boat Race (NBTR) on August 12.

Mahadevikad Kattil Thekkethil Chundan’, paddled by Pallathuruthy Boat Club, achieved a photo-finish in the previous edition, beating Nadubhagam Chundan, paddled by NCDC Boat Club.

This time too, a close fight is expected with Karichal Chundan, who will be helmed by Village Boat Club, Kainakary, aiming to lift the trophy for the 16th time.

Yacht clubs started training as the work of laying tracks and sleeves on Lake Punnamada began here.

While three boats compete in the Churulan’ category, four boats will compete in Iruttukutti A, 15 in Iruttukutti B, 13 in Iruttukuttu C, seven in Veppu A, four in Veppu B, three in Thekkanodithara and four in Thekkanodikettu categories.

A total of 15 boats registered for the event on Tuesday, the last day for registration.

Earlier in the day, direct ticket sales for the first annual event were inaugurated when acclaimed director Shahi Kabeer sold a ticket to Ramada Hotel General Manager Joseph K Jacob.

Tickets can be purchased at all district government offices and main offices in other districts except Kannur, Wayanad and Idukki.

Nehru Boat Race ticket prices (in Rs)
Tourist Gold (Nehru Pavilion): 3,000
Tourist Silver (Nehru Pavilion): 2,500
Rose Corner (Concrete Pavilion): 1,000
Victory Line (wooden gallery): 500
All views (wooden gallery): 300
Lake View (Wooden Gallery): 200
Lawn: 100

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