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Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran
Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran

Staff Reporter

Farm department

is ready with

33 project

90 more to be submitted in a week

ALAPPUZHA: Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran has dispelled media reports that implementation of the Kuttanad package was moving at a sluggish pace.

Speaking at a function organised by the Communist Party of India (CPI) here on Friday to felicitate veteran trade union leader N.K. Gopalan, Mr. Ratnakaran said work on preparation of projects for the Rs.1,840-crore package was progressing at a brisk pace. While the Agriculture Department had so far completed 33 project reports, 90 more would be submitted within a week.

The launch of the work on projects that had cost estimates of less than Rs.50 lakh each, which had to be financed by the State government, would be done in December at Mankombu in Kuttanad, he said.

The Minister said the task of preparing a project report for the renovation of the Thanneermukkom Barrage had been handed over to the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. The report would cost around Rs.1.6 crore while the project would cost around Rs.164 crore. The implementation of the Kuttanad package would naturally take time since there was lot of scientific work to be done, particularly with regard to construction of bunds, 131 of which had to be constructed across the Kuttanad region, costing around Rs.800 crore, he said.

Mr. Ratnakaran said that following requests from various quarters, the government had decided not to disconnect power supply lines to farmers. Those which were disconnected would be re-connected soon, with the necessary funds being assured from the Finance Department.

The Minister, later, released a book ‘Vikasanam Kothikkunna Alappuzha Thuramukhom’ authored by Mr. Gopalan, by handing it over to CPI State council member P. Jyothis. Mr. Gopalan, K.S. Manoj, MP, P.P. Chitharanjan, municipal chairman, and others spoke.

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