Staff Reporter

Focus on sanitation, drinking water supply

  • Rs.50 lakh sanctioned for purchasing four dumper placers and a trolley
  • Rs.55 lakh allotted for reconstruction of drainage channels

    KANNUR: Projects for town development are given emphasis in the annual budget of the Kannur municipal council for 2007-08.

    The budget presented by municipal vice-chairman B.P. Farook at a council meeting here on Wednesday laid stress on sanitation, drinking water supply, streetlights and town development and welfare activities.

    The budget envisaged revenue of Rs.35,79,64,515 and expenditure of Rs.33,16,51,000. The budget set apart Rs.50 lakh for purchase of four dumper placers (garbage collecting lorries) and a trolley and Rs.25 lakh for buying an earth-moving machine.

    As part of the sanitation initiative, the budget earmarked Rs.19 lakh for mosquito eradication. Ward-level committees would be constituted at all the 39 wards of the municipality to monitor mosquito control programmes.

    Dustbins would be placed at shops in the town in association with shopkeepers to make it a garbage-free town, Mr. Farook said. The budget also allocated Rs.55 lakh for reconstruction of drainage channels.

    Mr. Farook said that construction of three roads surrounding the new bus stand at Thavakkara would be completed by the commissioning of the bus stand.

    The budget earmarked Rs.40 lakh for renovating footpaths. An amount of Rs.1.17 crore was set apart for emergency works at all the 39 wards.

    The welfare measures in the budget included Rs.4 lakh for distributing books and uniforms for students from financially poor families, Rs.13 lakh for employment training and Rs.15 lakh for self-employment initiatives.

    An amount of Rs.40 lakh was allocated for construction of buildings for anganwadis.

    The allocations also included Rs.50 lakh for renovation and reconstruction of school buildings.

    Mr. Farook said that an organic manure plant would be set up at the municipality's garbage ground at Chelora. The project would be implemented on a built-operate-transfer basis.

    A treatment plant for treating wastewater at Padannathode would also be set up, he said.

    The budget earmarked Rs.30 lakh for this. It also allocated Rs.15 lakh for setting up comfort stations at South Bazar, Stadium Corner and Arat Road.

    The budget envisaged Rs.40 lakh for constructing a modern slaughterhouse at Marakkarkandy here.

    The budget also allotted Rs.30 lakh for development of a ring road connecting M.A. Road, Market Road and J.S. Paul Corner and Rs.25 lakh for renovating Fort Road up to the bridge at Ayikkara.

    An amount of Rs.50 lakh was apportioned for constructing a multi-storey market building after demolishing the Central Market here.