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‘Kodakara block panchayat set a model in scientific planning and implementation of development projects'

NOVEL INITIATIVE: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan (extreme right) with Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran and Speaker K. Radhakrishnan at a meeting to inaugurate a project to renovate vintage buildings owned by the Revenue Department. — Photo: K.K. Najeeb
NOVEL INITIATIVE: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan (extreme right) with Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran and Speaker K. Radhakrishnan at a meeting to inaugurate a project to renovate vintage buildings owned by the Revenue Department. — Photo: K.K. Najeeb

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has urged the Revenue and Cultural Affairs Departments to put in more efforts to preserve heritage monuments in the State. He was addressing a State-level meeting at the Thrissur taluk office on Saturday to inaugurate a project to renovate the vintage buildings owned by the Revenue Department.

“The Thrissur taluk office, which has a combination of western and Indian architectural styles, was formerly an office governed by the Dewan Peshkar. Such buildings across the State should be renovated by retaining their architectural character,” he said.

He lamented that many vintage buildings in the State, including a few that housed educational institutions, had been destroyed or sold off.

“Some cave inscriptions and vintage wall paintings too are on the brink of destruction.”

Land, house for all

He said the LDF would ensure that all families in the State possessed land and homes.

Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran, Speaker K. Radhakrishnan, K.V. Abdul Khader, Murali Perunelly, Babu M. Palissery and Rajaji Mathew Thomas, MLAs, were present.

Our Staff Reporter writes from Kodali (Thrissur district):

Addressing a meeting organised at the Kodali L.P. School in Mattathur grama panchayat to declare the various achievements of the Kodakara Sustainable Development Project, the Chief Minister said that the Kodakara block panchayat had set a model for other civic bodies in scientific planning and systematic implementation of development projects.

Fund utilisation

“With effective use of funds and a clear perspective on development, the panchayat has tried to achieve basic growth targets. It shows how the MLA and members of the local bodies can work in tandem for common goals.”

In the first phase of the Kodakara Sustainable Development Project, all land-owning home-less families were given houses with drinking water and power connection.

The Chief Minister inaugurated the second phase of the EMS Housing Scheme, which would provide within two years houses for all landless people in the block panchayat.

He lauded the co-operative institutions that contributed to the development of Kodakara.

C. Raveendranath, MLA, said that in the past one year, the KSEB had installed 84 transformers to ensure power supply with adequate voltage to all houses.

KSEB plans to implement a 2 mW eco-friendly project at Chimmini dam to meet the power needs of the panchayat.

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