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Mega water plan for city

The Hindu, 19 February 2014


Kollam Corporation budget presented


KOLLAM: The 2014-2015 budget of the Kollam City Corporation has proposed a mega drinking water project for the city with a potential to ensure a supply capacity of 64 million litres per day as will be required by the city during the 2040-2050 decade.


In his budget speech, Mr. Gopinathan said the project report for the mega drinking water scheme had been prepared and submitted by the Kerala Water Authority. Rs.300 crore had been earmarked for it under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.


The budget showing revenue of Rs.739.46 crore, an expenditure of Rs.701.64, and a surplus of Rs.37.82 crore was presented by the Deputy Mayor, K. Gopinathan on Tuesday. It also focussed on projects to solve the vexed garbage problem in the city.


The Chinnakada underpass got an allocation of Rs.5.85 crore with an assurance that the construction work would be completed during the 2014-2015 fiscal. For the protection of wetlands in the city, Rs.3 crore was allocated, and Rs.3.25 crore for erecting biogas plantsin 5,000 houses.The budget also made a provision of Rs.73.72 crore for a sewage treatment plant. It also set aside Rs.10 lakh for the protection of the Ashtamudi Lake and another Rs.20 lakh for the propagation and protection of mangrove forests in the city. For setting up a health club, aquarium and a botanical garden at Kollam beach, Rs. 1 crore was allocated.


For free supply of noon meals to 1,000 persons every day at the district hospital and the Victoria Hospital for Women and Children, the budget set aside Rs.60 lakh. For provision for shelter for destitute widows, Rs.30 lakh would be used to construct a complex to be named ‘Ashraya Kendram’. A ‘She Toilet’ scheme for girl schools would get an allocation of Rs. 35 lakh.


Budget shows a revenue of Rs.739.46 crore

Projects to solve garbage problem get focus