The Attingal municipality will fund the construction of houses for 100 homeless families as part of its centenary celebrations. Piped drinking water will be given free to about 600 families belonging to the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe community.
These are among the projects laid down in the municipality’s annual Budget for 2013-14 presented by vice-chairman M. Pradeep on Saturday. “Normally houses are constructed under a scheme. This is perhaps for the first time that the municipality is directly funding the construction of houses,” he told The Hindu. The civic body would also renovate 200 other houses, he said. The Budget has set aside Rs.2.3 crore for the housing sector.
Priority will be given to laying of 7,000-metre pipelines to bring drinking water to SC/ST families in Attingal. Money will be given to these families to take domestic water connections. Eight biogas plants will be set up at various locations including the Attingal market, the government ITI, the Valiakunnu hospital, and the government college.
A modern slaughterhouse will be set up at the Attingal market. The municipality will acquire additional land for its solid waste treatment plant. “We already have more than four acres of land for the plant. We will add another acre to it. This plant has already won seven awards for its efficiency,” he said.
The Budget has allocated Rs.51.35 lakh for education, enhanced scholarships for differently abled children, and has provided for construction of toilets in all schools, new buildings for selected schools and construction of a children’s park. On the health front, the Budget promises a new outpatient block of the taluk hospital at Valiakunnu, special treatment facilities for the aged at the government Ayurveda hospital and a special scheme for homeopathic treatment for the elderly. Health schemes have been set aside Rs.18 lakh in the Budget.
An Attingal Fest will be organised during the Onam Week celebrations.