Staff Reporter

Kayamkulam-Arattupuzha water supply scheme dedicated

Scheme implemented with Rs.18.5 crore

ADB grant

Scheme to benefit over a lakh people

in the districts of Kollam and Alappuzha

ALAPPUZHA: Defence Minister A.K. Antony has called for concerted efforts by the Central and State governments, ministers and public representatives for the development of the State.

He was speaking after the dedication of the Kayamkulam-Arattupuzha Integrated Drinking Water Supply Scheme, implemented with an Asian Development Bank (ADB) grant of Rs.18.5 crore under the Tsunami Rehabilitation Programme, at Arattupuzha, 60 km from here, on Saturday.

Mr. Antony said that the next one year should witness a rigorous and enthusiastic effort from both the State and Central governments and the entire official machinery to see that the State achieved maximum development on all fronts possible.

Promising all help, using all the “strength at his disposal”, the Defence Minister said though the shock of the December 2004 tsunami still lingered, the rehabilitation work going on along the coastal belt of the State had changed the face of the coast, finally bringing “independence” to the coastal public 63 years after the rest of the nation had tasted independence.

‘Coordination needed'

The encouraging cooperation and coordination between the State and the Centre and the State government's efforts to take the advantages of the rehabilitation project to maximum beneficiaries were commendable, he said.

Mr. Antony said that the dedication of the water supply scheme was one that gave him the most satisfaction as a public representative and social worker.

Mr. Antony said Keralites were in the forefront with regard to intelligence and education, and if they stood united, development, in the real sense of the word, could be achieved.

Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran said the scheme, which would have a common intake well for the panchayats of Alappad, Karunagappally, Ochira and Klappana of Kollam district, the Arattupuzha panchayat and the Kayamkulam municipality, would benefit over a lakh people, who were facing severe shortage of drinking water now.

Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran; K.C. Venugopal, MP; K. Babu Prasad and C.K. Sadashivan, MLAs; and Kerala Water Authority managing director Susan Jacob also spoke.