Funds set aside for folklore festival, memorial for writers

The City Corporation will conduct an international film festival in connection with the golden jubilee of the formation of the civic body.

Deputy Mayor P.T. Abdul Latheef, who presented the budget, said that the film festival would be organised in alliance with the Kerala Chalachitra Academy, Film Archives, Public Relations Department, and film societies. A sum of Rs.5 lakh had been set aside for the proposal next fiscal. Likewise, a national folklore festival would be held in association with the Kerala Folklore Academy and Department of Folklore Studies of Calicut University. A theatre training camp for children and drama festival had also been envisaged for the next financial year.

Art gallery

Prof. Latheef said that steps would be taken to open the renovated art gallery in April. A memorial for artistes and writers would come up in the city at a cost of Rs.3.47 crore. The three-storey building would have a conference hall, training centre and public room on the ground floor; theatre centre, library and documentation centre on the first floor; and amphitheatre and gallery on the second floor.

Mananchira

The renovated Mananchira Square would be opened shortly. A sum of Rs.48 lakh had been utilised for the purpose.

The Mananchira Literary Park was being renovated by installing sculptures of important characters from the novels of literary figures in the city.

A kitchen-cum-dining room would be constructed at the Tagore Centenary Hall. Community halls had been proposed at Kovoor and Karikkamkulam.

The community halls at Cheruvannur, Beypore, and Elathur would be given a facelift. An amount of Rs.60 lakh had been set aside for this scheme.

Funds had been earmarked for setting up a children's park at Elathur and for developing the children's park at Cheruvannur.

Construction had begun at the parks at Thadambattuthazham and Karuvassery. A total of Rs.90 lakh had been assigned for the projects.

A sum of Rs.10 lakh had been set aside for establishing a maritime museum at Beypore, which would house models of vessels and crafts from ancient times to modern age.

The budget also allocated Rs.50 lakh for conserving the age-old office building of the corporation. The Department of Architecture, National Institute of Technology-Calicut (NIT-C), had submitted a project for preserving the heritage structure.

Tourism promotion

As part of inland tourism promotion, the budget had allocated Rs.75 lakh for developing two tourist points at Elathur and Eravathukunnu in the city.

A new boat jetty would be constructed at Elathur while the mangrove park and greenery would be developed for attracting tourists at Eravathukunnu.


  • Rs.10 lakh set aside for maritime museum

  • New community halls, children's parks planned


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