With an eye on upcoming local body polls

The City Corporation is gearing up to launch a package of projects in the run up to the elections to local bodies. Beginning this Thursday, the civic body has chalked out a series of inaugural functions.

The modernisation of the wholesale fish market at Pangode would be the first project off the block, Mayor C. Jayan Babu told a press conference here on Tuesday. The project, at a cost Rs.5.96 crore, included the construction of 50 stalls, cold storage, freezer, toilets, auction platform and generator. Work on an effluent treatment plant had already been completed. Mr. Babu said the National Fisheries Development Board had sanctioned an assistance of Rs.250 lakh for the project. The modernisation work was expected to be over in a year, he said.

The second project to be inaugurated on Thursday is the online system for issue of marriage, birth and death certificates. Provided by the Information Kerala Mission, the facility is designed to speed up the issue of certificates to the public. The inauguration of the renovated Pattarath Thuruthikulam pond in the Pappanamcode ward is the third function scheduled for Thursday.

Spread over 1.4 acres, the pond that was lying unused for over 25 years has been given a new lease of life. Sidewalls have been constructed with handrails and a garden created on the banks. The Corporation has also introduced fish farming in the tank. The completion of the first phase of the regeneration project for the Karimadom slum colony in the Manacaud ward is scheduled to be inaugurated on August 11. The completed works include the construction of 80 houses, a building for an anganwadi, market, compound wall and pathway.

The Mayor said the Corporation had commenced work on the second phase involving the construction of 200 houses, study centre, TV kiosk, public taps, rainwater harvesting system, roads, community collection centre, street lighting, biogas plant, playground and generator.

The regeneration of the Rajiv Nagar colony in the Kannanthura ward and the Bund Colony at Kannamoola are also part of the package. While 15 apartments had been completed, the construction of another 15 apartments and 67 houses is on. The project also involves the renovation of 103 houses, construction of drains, Anganwadi and study centre. The Mayor said a new crematorium in the Kanhirampara ward would be inaugurated on August 11. Work on another crematorium at Attipra was progressing.

The construction of a community hall at Kanhirampara, a crematorium at Manvila, toilet block at Ayurveda College junction, renovation of the South Palace at Shanghumukhom and Singarathoppu Palace in the Kuriyathi ward, and the creation of a park as a memorial to music director Devarajan were progressing on schedule. The Mayor said the renovation of the Putharikandam Maidan at East Fort was in the final stages.