Proposals for development of capital city and suburbs
The alteration memorandum presented by Finance Minister K.M. Mani in the Assembly on Friday includes a set of proposals to hasten the development of the capital city and the suburbs.
The revised Budget has earmarked Rs.150 crore as this year's outlay for the international container transhipment terminal at Vizhinjam estimated to cost Rs.4,000 crore.
An amount of Rs.50 lakh is allocated for the construction of an international convention centre at Aruvikkara. The Budget also moots a development agency for Aruvikkara. It proposes a farmers' market of international standards at Poovachal.
A Rs.30-crore package has been proposed for the development of the capital city.
Varkala in focus
Mr.Mani has suggested the formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the development of infrastructure and tourism facilities at Varkala, home to the Sivagiri Math and the Papanasam international beach tourism destination. An amount of Rs.2 crore has been set apart for the initial activities of the SPV.
Varkala is also one of the five small towns that have been allocated Rs.10 crore each for the construction of ring roads to ease traffic congestion.
Besides, Mr.Mani has announced an assistance of Rs.1 crore for the construction of a convention centre taken up by the Sri Narayana Dharma Sangham Trust at Sivagiri.
The Finance Minister has announced an allocation of Rs.1 crore to provide security for Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in view of the invaluable treasure recently unearthed from its subterranean vaults.
“The valuables were discovered when the vaults were opened on directions issued by the Supreme Court. It is up to the apex court to take a decision on storing the riches. The State government however has the responsibility to ensure the security of the assets inside the temple,” he said.
The Budget promises to set up an Engineering Science and Technology Research Park and a Transportation Engineering Research Centre at College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram. The research park has been earmarked Rs.50 lakh. Mr.Mani allocated Rs.1 crore for the development of the Ayyankali memorial school at Venganoor.
The Ponnara bridge linking the National Highway bypass to the airport has been included on the list of bridges scheduled for immediate restoration under a Rs.325-crore package for the Public Works department.
In his Budget speech, the Finance Minister said the government was awaiting the approval of the Centre for a proposal to raise the height of the storage level in the Peppara reservoir by six metres to augment the water supply to the capital city and suburban areas.
He said the old transmission pipes to the city would be replaced with ductile iron pipes to prevent frequent leaks and bursts that caused disruption in water supply under a State-wide scheme estimated to cost Rs.65 crore.
In the transport sector, the Budget has identified Neyyatinkara as one of the three major bus stations for implementation of a ‘Safe Woman, Safe Travel' programme. Mr.Mani said 138 low-floor premium buses would be launched in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi this year.
Traffic control system
A state-of-the-art traffic control system evolved by Keltron would be introduced in Thiruvananthapuram under a scheme promoted by the Kerala Road Safety Authority.
The construction of two greenfield stadia at Karyavattom and Vattiyoorkavu and the restoration of the Central Stadium are among the infrastructure development projects outlined in the budget for the forthcoming National Games, under a Rs.120-crore package for the sports sector.
Mr.Mani announced the establishment of a Sub Treasury at the Civil Station, Kudappanakunnu. An amount of Rs.10 lakh was allocated for installing a statue of C.V. Raman Pillai in the city.