Staff Reporter

Port project gets Rs.125 crore

Special scheme to restore Veli, Akkualm lakes

City development scheme allocated Rs.10.5 crore

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The much-delayed Vizhinjam project in the capital city has had a fresh infusion of government funds, with the budget for 2010-11 earmarking Rs.125 crore more for this scheme.

A global tender will the invited for the construction of the port and for associated activities, Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac said in his budget speech on Friday.

There will be a special scheme for the restoration of the Veli and Akkualm lakes. The 25-crore scheme - to be implemented with Central assistance - involves dredging of the lakes and establishing a sewage treatment plant. The Travancore-Shoranur canal will also be renovated under this scheme.

The capital city development programme has been allocated Rs.10.5 crore. The construction of modern slaughterhouses will get a budgetary support of Rs.13 crore. The Attukal Temple Township Scheme will be started this year.

Fund for CDS

The Centre for Development Studies - which has decided to name its library after K.N. Raj - will be given Rs.1 crore. This is to be used as a corpus fund for academicians and students from other institutions to stay at the CDS and to use the library.

While Rs.5 crore will be given for the renovation of the Tagore Centenary Hall, the Science and Technology Museum will get Rs.5.5 crore. The Centre for Earth Science Studies will get Rs.3 crore for setting up a special cell for study and research in de-silting dams.

The Regional Cancer Centre will get Rs.20 lakh; State Institute of Children's Literature Rs.70 lakh; and the Jawahar Bala Bhavan, Rs.50 lakh.

The proposed life science park at Kazhakkuttom will get funding from the Rs.55-crore allocation given to the KSIDC to take up mega projects. The Technopark-based Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management -Kerala will get Rs.6.8 crore.

The International Centre for Free Software will get Rs.1.5 crore. The budget also announced the setting up of an ICT academy in the city with Central assistance.

The modernisation of the TTP will get a budgetary support of Rs.25 crore. The Thiruvananthapuram Spinning Mills will get Rs.5 crore for doubling its capacity. Development of IT park in various places, including Thiruvananthapuram, will be funded to the tune of Rs.70 crore.

The M.N. Govindan Nair memorial and the P.N. Panicker memorial will be given Rs.15 lakh as a one-time assistance. Dr. Isaac announced that the acquisition of land for various stretches of road including that from Karamana to Kaliyikkavila would be done this year.