Rainwater harvesting facility will be made mandatory for all new buildings as part of the steps to overcome water shortage, Finance Minister K.M. Mani has said.
Presenting the budget for 2012-13 in the Assembly on Monday, Mr. Mani said solid waste management system would be made compulsory at all new flats. All welfare pensions, including freedom fighters' pension, would be distributed through banks.
This facility would be provided to the beneficiaries who opted for it. Large-scale modern waste treatment plants would be set up in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kottayam, and Kozhikode. A sum of Rs.1 crore was earmarked for the purpose. A sum of Rs.15 crore was set apart as a special assistance for waste management for the Kollam and Thrissur corporations. Liquid waste treatment plants will be set up in select districts for managing septage waste which was now polluting waterbodies. A sum of Rs.15 crore will be given through the Suchitwa Mission. A green technology centre will be opened with the cooperation of CESS for implementing the zero-waste project. A plastic shredding unit will be set up with the aid of Malabar Cements Limited and the shredded plastic will be used for road laying.
The Finance Minister allocated Rs.5 crore for the second phase of the Vyttila mobility hub and steps will be taken for setting up such hubs in Thrissur and Kottayam.
If needed, the government will seek the help of international agencies for preparing master plans. A sum of Rs.50 crore has been set apart for the purpose. Steps will be expedited to provide house connections to families which depend on public taps for their daily needs.
An amount of Rs.62 crore is earmarked to construct 50,000 houses in five years under the Indira Awas Yojana. The PURA project aimed at improving the basic amenities on a par with the facilities in urban areas will be extended to more districts.
The Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme will be linked with the urban cleaning project for which Rs.10 crore has been apportioned. Special companies on the lines of CIAL will be floated for the construction of bus shelters, public toilets, and implementation of drinking water and urban sanitation projects.