Rs. 1.29-crore surplus budget for panchayat includes providing beneficiaries with 100 per cent subsidy to install at-source waste treatment plants, including biogas plants.
Vilappil panchayat, which has been at the receiving end of the City Corporation's solid waste treatment plant fiasco for more than a decade, has proposed in its annual budget free household-level waste treatment plants for beneficiaries.
Panchayat vice-president Vinod Raj, who presented the budget for 2012-13 here, said the beneficiaries would be provided 100 per cent subsidy to install at-source waste treatment plants in households, including biogas plants. The project would be implemented with the support of Suchitwa Mission, Mr. Vinod Raj said.
An amount of Rs.25 lakh has been set apart for decentralised solid waste treatment plants in the surplus budget, which projects total revenue of Rs. 24.26 crore and total expenditure of Rs.22.97 crore.
Infrastructure development and tourism are the other priority sectors. An outlay of Rs.71 lakh has been earmarked for infrastructure development while an amount of Rs.50 lakh has been set apart for preliminary works of the Kadamboopara and Shasthampara tourism development projects. The tourism proposal includes construction of a ropeway connecting the two tourism destinations.
“We want to change the image of Vilappilsala and our panchayat and bring in development. The focus on infrastructure development and tourism is an effort in this direction,'' said panchayat president S. Shobhana Kumari.
The Vilappilsala ward has figured prominently in the budget with a slew of projects, including modernisation of the Vilappilsala swimming pool, upgrading of Vilappilsala Primary Health Centre, and construction of a shopping complex at the Vilappilsala market.
An amount of Rs.10 crore has been set apart for employment generation projects under MGNREGS while Rs.15 lakh has been earmarked for entrepreneur training of Kudumbasree self-help groups.