Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: It has been a mixed bag for Kottayam in the State Budget presented by Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac on the floor of the House on Friday.

According to Thomas Chazhikkadan, MLA, this year, the development works in the district would take a beating and this year's budget was worse than last year's. According to him, the developments in the railways, which had received an impetus in the Railway budget, too will be affected on account of the lack of provisions for the railway overbridges (ROB).

The ROB at Caritas was the only one in the State that had found a place in the Railway budget. However, the State government has not made any provisions for this. The ROB at Kumaranallore has received administrative sanction for Rs.18.95 crore. But only a token amount of Rs.1 lakh has been earmarked for the purpose in the State budget.

The Ettumanur- Manarcadu Road, with an administrative sanction of Rs.18.75 crore, has received a token provision of Rs.1 lakh in the current State budget, he said.

Drinking water project

Meanwhile, V.N. Vasavan, MLA, welcomed the budget and said the two new drinking water projects— the Kumarakom-Thiruvarpu Drinking Water Project and Erumeli Drinking Water Project—have been included in the budget.

Kottayam has been included in the City Improvement Scheme and Rs.1 crore has been sanctioned for the same. This will go a long way in improving the vehicular traffic at Kanjikkuzhy and Pulimood junctions, he said.

The Rs.2 crore earmarked for Kannadichal bridge, the Rs.5 lakh earmarked for the overbridge at Moolavattom, the Rs.1.80 crore earmarked for Karappuzha bridge and so on will help to improve the traffic system in the town, he pointed out.

Kottayam Press Club is also a beneficiary of this year's Budget with the Minister earmarking Rs.15 lakh for the development of the library project. In addition, sops declared for the traditional sector will help to improve the life of lakhs of people dependent on the traditional sector.