The Cabinet on Wednesday gave administrative sanction for setting up a 1026 MW gas-based combined cycle power plant at Brahmapuram in Kochi.

Briefing the media on the Cabinet decisions, Chief Minister V. S. Achuthandnan said that plant would cost Rs. 4419 crore.

The Chief Minister announced that a committee would be set up with retired justice M. Ramachandran as chairman to study issued connected with the bus transport industry. It would consider questions including fares.

The government would acquire 59 acres for the Karikayam Small Hydro power Project on a fast track basis to be undertaken with private participation. The acquisition in favour of Sri Ayyappa Hydropower Company would be done on the condition that adequate measures would be taken for the rehabilitation of the evictees.

Mr. Achuthanandan said that the government would take necessary steps for starting 95 integrated child development schemes sanctioned by the Centre for the State. As part of expansion of the Kerala Shops and Commercial Establishments Welfare Fund Board, district officers with necessary staff would be set up in Patahanamthitta, Idukki, Palakkad, Wayanad and Kasaragod districts. With that, all districts would have

offices of the Board.

The Agency for Non-conventional Energy Resources would set up a model residential polytechnic in Palakkad with the participation of the Institute of Human Resources Development in Electronics using pool funds. A police outpost would be set up at Thankamani in Idukki district.

The Chief Minister said that the Rs. 1000 each would be sanctioned as Onam allowance to pensioners and family pensioners under the pension scheme for working journalists and non-journalists of media establishments. The Cabinet had also decided to sanction 41 posts of government pleaders for arguing cases for the State Insurance Department before the Motor Accident Claims Tribunals.