Staff Reporter

Regional Cancer Centre to get Rs.9.5 crore

  • Telecom city to be set up
  • Rs.196 crore for the development of Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram

    Thiruvananthapuram: The third phase of expansion of Technopark, steps to set up a telecom city, a permanent festival centre for the Thiruvananthapuram International Film Festival and Attukal Development Scheme are the highlights of the initiatives announced for the State capital in the budget presented by Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac.

    Presenting the budget in the Assembly on Friday Mr. Isaac said the Small Industries Development Corporation (SIDCO) would commence preliminary activities for setting up a telecom city this year. The proposed city would be set up in association with the Indian Telephone Industries (ITI).

    The budget has earmarked Rs.13 crore for the third phase expansion of Technopark and for construction of a new building at Infopark.

    Rs.196 crore has been provided in the budget for the development of Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram cities under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The Finance Minister said funds would be made available once the agreement is signed with the Centre.

    Rs.250 crore would be made available from Sustainable Urban Development projects to implement another scheme for the development of urban infrastructure facilities. It will be implemented in five Municipal corporations, including Thiruvananthapuram.

    The Attukal Development Scheme would be taken up under the JNNRUM project. The Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority (TRIDA), along with the authorities in Kochi and Kozhikode would be provided Rs.2 crore.

    Announcing that fresh tenders would be invited for the development of Vizhinjam port, the Minister said Rs.5 crore has been earmarked in the budget for strengthening the share capital of Vizhinjam International Seaports Limited that provides infrastructure facility.

    The State Government would provide Rs.20 crore matching grant for the Rs.100 crore development of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College to be taken up under the Prime Minister's Swasthya Suraksha Programme. The Regional Cancer Centre here would get Rs.9.5 crore. The Thiruvananthapuram International Film Festival, which has already received international acclaim, would be provided Rs.50 lakh for setting up a permanent festival centre. The Finance Minister sanctioned Rs.2 crore for the conservation of four colleges that has heritage buildings. This includes the landmark University College. An amount of Rs.1.25 crore has been earmarked in the budget for the construction of hostel buildings in seven colleges. N. Krishna Pillai Foundation and The Institute of Journalism, Press Club, Trivandrum; would get Rs.10 lakh each. Another Rs.10 lakh has been earmarked for a health insurance scheme for journalists. Rs.50 lakh has been granted for the construction of a pilgrims' camp at Sivagiri.