The Chief Technical Examiner (CTE) has cleared proposals for 43 drinking water supply schemes having a combined outlay of roughly Rs.227 crore, Water Resources Minister P. J. Joseph has said.

Responding to a calling attention motion moved by Varkala Kahar (Congress) in the Assembly on Thursday, the Minister said these included 40 projects having a total outlay of Rs.181.28 crore and another three projects with a total outlay of Rs.46.81 crore.

To invite tenders

The government would soon invite tenders for implementing the projects and there would not be any further delay in the implementation of the schemes which were expected to benefit 17.35 lakh people, he said.

Responding to another calling attention motion from S. Sarma (CPI-M), Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the government proposed to implement rehabilitation packages for all persons evicted as part of land acquisition for development projects in such a way that they did not lose out in the bargain. The government, he said, wished to set an example for all those who wished to spare their land for development projects.

Referring to the specific issue of shortcomings in the rehabilitation of persons evicted for the Vallarpadam Container Transshipment Terminal in Kochi, Mr. Chandy said the Railways had already contributed its share of the compensation amount and that the government was awaiting a similar gesture from the Kochi Port and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

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