Kalamassery Municipality will establish a Rs. 4.65-crore facility for solid waste disposal under a project to be jointly funded by the Municipality and the Union Government under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Solid waste disposal, drinking water supply and public health and education initiatives have been given weight in the Rs. 4.61-crore surplus budget for 2010-11 passed recently by the Municipal Council. The budget estimates a total income of Rs. 11.23 crore and an expenditure of Rs. 6.62 crore.
Drinking water supply and drainage have been allotted nearly Rs. 60 lakh while health care initiatives will get over Rs. one crore. Public works has been allotted Rs. 1.23 crore and nearly Rs. 17 lakh earmarked for improving or establishing education facilities.
Municipal Vice-Chairman I. M. Abdul Rahman said in his presentation that 2.52 acres of land had been acquired in North Kalamssery for the solid waste disposal facility at a cost of Rs. 2.68 crore.
Land filling works and building of the compound wall, estimated to cost Rs. 2.56 crore, will be re-tendered according to a decision by State-level Empowered Committee. The responsibility for further tender procedures rests with the Project Implementation Unit of the Corporation of Kochi.
Keywords: Guarding the environment