Drinking water project for Vijayapuram

Two major infrastructure projects, the Cheepunkal-Maniaparambu-

Government Medical College Hospital road and the drinking water project for Vijayapuram grama panchayat, worth Rs.83 crore have been sanctioned for the district.

The Cheepunkal-Maniaparambu-Government Medical college Hospital road will be completed at a cost of Rs.40 crore.

Reduce distance

The 10-km road will help reduce the distance by nearly 15 km for those who want to visit Kottayam Government Medical college Hospital from Cherthala and Alappuzha areas.

The road which commences from Cheepunkal provides an alternative route for farmers from the Kuttanad areas to bring their produces, without entering the busy Kottayam-Kumarakom road, to the main market in the town.

The project includes the construction of a 5.5 km of road from Cheepunkal to Maniaparambu at a cost of Rs. 27.25 crore and widening of the Maniaparambu-Medical College Hospital road at a cost of Rs.12.75 crore.

According to Thomas Chazhikadan, ex-MLA , the demand for the road was very old and much work was done earlier.

“The estimate for the project at that time was Rs.9 crore, out of which Rs.3 crore was ear marked for a bridge and the rest for the road,” he said. In fact, the construction of the bridge, was already over.

The land for the road development was surrendered free of cost by the owners decades back. He blamed the former LDF government for halting the project.

State funds

According to Jose.K. Mani MP, a meeting chaired by Finance Minister K.M. Mani in the presence of the Minister for Public Works, V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, decided to sanction the fund from the State exchequer since seeking NABARD assistance would involve inordinate delay.

The State government has also decided to accord administrative sanction for the Rs.43 crore drinking water project for the Vijayapuram grama panchayat.

According to Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan Minister for Home, the existing drinking water projects together provided for 3 mld water while the actual demand hovered around 8 mld. The project, when completed would be able to supply 8.34 mld of water for a projected population of 41380 people.

  • Kuttanad farmers to benefit from the projects

  • Government not to seek NABARD’s assistance