Staff Reporter

Agency for development of Chellanam, Kumbalanghi sought

KOCHI: A meeting of the district development committee has requested the Central and State governments to start mini train service connecting the old heritage railway station at Kombara and western Kochi.

C.M. Dinesh Mani moved a resolution, at the meeting held at the district collectorate on Saturday, seeking the implementation of the project by extending the railway line up to Mundamveli. Saju Paul, MLA, seconded the resolution.

Bus service

The meeting chaired by District Collector M. Beena also asked to extend the services of the low-floor buses of the KSRTC up to Perumbavur.

Mr. Mani said that an arrangement along the model of the Goshree Island Development Authority should be put in place for the development of Chellanam, Kumbalanghi and Kumbalam regions as well. The resolution to this effect was adopted by the meeting.

Sand-mining

Mr. Saju Paul said that mining for sand was eliminating hills in the district, dealing a heavy blow to the environment.

The practice, he said, was incompatible with the Act for Wetland Conservation as well. He asked for concerted efforts on the part of the Revenue, Police, Local Administration, and Geology Departments to stop this practice. Dr. Beena directed the Panchayat Deputy Director to submit a report on the issue immediately.

Mr. Saju Paul said that the Public Works Department should take immediate action to remove the boards and hoardings put up at important junctions, which obstruct the vision of motorists.

Mr. Dinesh Mani asked for steps to remove the technical hitches in the installation of the drinking water supply pipes in the Nettoor region.

PWD authorities informed the meeting that the construction of a bridge in the Palluruthy Constituency under the tsunami rehabilitation package was in the final stage and that work on the security walls would be over within a week.

Job scheme

The Collector directed the authorities concerned to maximise the benefit of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

KSEB officials said that complete electrification programme in the Thripunithura constituency was in the final stages. While steps in this direction were progressing in Palluruthy, the announcement was getting delayed in Perumbavur for want of permission from the Forest Department.

Mr. Saju Paul said that only 500 more families remained to get power connection in Perumbavur. K. Babu, MLA, was also present.

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