Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The district development committee has asked the State government not to introduce toll collection for the usage of Vaduthala-Chittoor Bridge.

A resolution to this effect was moved by C.M. Dinesh Mani, MLA, at a recent meeting of the DDC. The resolution was seconded by A.M. Yousuf, MLA. The resolution observed that by building a new bridge by repairing the existing bridge, only an existing facility was reinforced and no new facility had been put in place. Hence, the decision to impose toll could not be accepted and the Government should desist from such a move, the resolution demanded.

Saju Paul, MLA, called for a new bridge parallel to the existing Sree Sankara Bridge at Kalady since the hectic traffic experienced along the MC Road had made free movement along the existing bridge difficult. Babu Paul, MLA, seconded the resolution.

Mr. Babu Paul demanded immediate steps to develop the Muvattupuzha-Vittoor-Pattymattom-Kizhakkambalam-Kakkanad Road into a four-lane road. A resolution he moved to this effect said that necessary allocation for this should be made in the forthcoming budget. Mr. Yousuf asked for budgetary allocation for the proposed bridges on the Seaport Airport Road.

Irrigation department authorities informed the meeting that construction of breakwaters at Kannamaly would start this month.

The meeting called for stern measures against those obstructing anti-sea erosion construction measures under the pretext of ‘nokkukooli.’ Mr. Mani said that such incidents should be promptly reported to the police.

Mr. Babu Paul called for more judicious thinking in fixing the fare stage of private buses. He said that while revising the fare stage Velloorkunnam point should be moved to Vazhappilly. District Planning Officer P. Sadanandan directed the transport authorities to take appropriate measures in this regard based on the minutes of the DDC meeting.

Mr. Babu Paul said that an inquiry should be conducted as to why the subsidy allotted to the bio vegetable unit in Kumbalam was not disbursed on time.

Principle Agriculture Officer said that steps would be taken to distribute the amount within two days.

Fisheries Deputy Director informed the meeting that steps for launching collective fish farming in Muvattupuzha region were in the final stages.