KPCC president, Ramesh Chennithala, MLA, inaugurated the fifth floating Triveni superstore in the State at Haripad in the district on Sunday.

On the occasion, Mr. Chennithala said that by opening Triveni super stores, the Consumerfed was able to reach quality products at fair price to people. These stores helped in reining monopolies and ‘profiteers'. The supply of quality products at fair prices also resulted in controlling prices, he said.

Mr. Chennithala said that a total of Rs 50 lakh was received from Union Defence Minister, A. K. Antony for constructing the Perumamkuzhi bridge in Cheruthana. The construction of the bridge would need an additional fund of Rs 26 lakh, which was attempted to be included under another MP's fund. The bridge was being constructed at a total of Rs 15 crore with NABARD assistance, he said.

A total of Rs. 9.3 crore has been sanctioned for another bridge, Kopparakkadavu bridge which will connect Karuvatta with Cheruthana, he added.

Consumerfed president, Joy Thomas, presided. The people even in the remotest islands in and around Harippad will be served by the new floating super store which was inaugurated near Ayaparambu Vadakkekara Mathurapalli Jetty on Sunday.

It will cost about Rs 50 lakh to set up a Triveni floating store. The new floating store has 1,000 sq ft and allows up to 15 people to shop at a time. It is manned by four store staff, besides the boat driver. Floating Triveni superstores were already operating in Alappuzha, Kuttanad, Kundara in Kollam and Panangad.