Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The annual budget of the Kottayam Municipal Council for the year 2007-08 envisages major initiatives in garbage disposal and reduction of parking problem in the town.

The Rs.32.56-crore budget with a surplus of Rs.1.93 crore was presented on Wednesday by Jomon Thomas, chairman, standing committee on finance. The budget earmarked Rs.20 lakh for setting up treatment plants at Nagambadom, Kodimatha and Kacherikadavu areas. As per the scheme, only treated water would be diverted to the Meenachil River.

The budget set apart Rs.20 lakh for the cleaning of the drainage system. A sum of Rs.2 crore would be spent for making the town shanty free. A sports complex would be constructed on a two-acre plot at Kodimatha at an estimated cost of Rs.6.5 crore. The complex would have an indoor stadium and hostel facilities. The project would be taken up with the assistance of the Central and State Governments.

The budget proposed the construction of a hi-tech parking plaza on the premises where the vegetable market now functions.

The market would be shifted to Kodimatha. The construction of the second phase of the Rajiv Gandhi Shopping Complex would also be initiated.