The Department of Tourism, Kerala, has specified various norms to ensure that houseboats follow the rules of environment-friendly tourism. The Department also looks into safety measures along with the boat owners. Green-palm certificates are issued to those who conduct business, ethically and professionally.
For the construction of the boats, eco-friendly materials are recommended. Clean storage facilities, insect-free kitchens and biochemical treatment of solid waste are insisted upon. The Department guidelines specify the area required for constructing toilets for crew and passengers. Houseboats are encouraged to use solar energy. Firefighting equipment and lifebuoys are also mandatory.
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