THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Improvement and repair of Corporation roads was among the top priority projects included in the draft Plan approved by a development seminar organised by the city Corporation on Thursday.
The seminar was held to discuss the projects to be implemented as part of Corporation's People's Plan campaign for the year 2010-11.
An amount of Rs.20 crore has been set apart for repair and renovation of Corporation roads, many of which have been dug up for various projects like water pipe-laying and sewerage schemes.
The draft Plan approved at the seminar projects a total outlay of Rs.146.53 crore, which includes Rs. 56.56 crore development fund and Rs.5. 78 crore maintenance grant.
The highest allocation proposed in the draft Plan is Rs.90 crore set apart for the implementation of various housing schemes like the EMS Housing Scheme and Centrally-sponsored Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme. Of this amount, around Rs.60 crore will be taken as loan from the District Cooperative Bank for the implementation of EMS Housing Scheme.
A sum of Rs.63.83 lakh has been allocated for agriculture sector while Rs 2.53 lakh has been set apart for animal husbandry. The Corporation plans to set up a stall at Palayam for the sale of value-added animal products manufactured by various scheme beneficiaries.
Development of fisheries sector, which includes improving facilities for sanitation and drinking water distribution in the coastal wards and buying fishing equipment, has been allocated an amount of Rs 1.21 crore. An amount of Rs 3.5 crore has been allocated for setting up small- scale enterprises and providing financial assistance to women's self-help groups.
An amount of Rs. 4.62 crore has been set apart for infrastructure development of schools and teachers' training while Rs 1.76 crore has been earmarked for Corporation e-governance schemes.
Clean City project
The draft Plan proposes to strengthen the Capital City Clean City project and provide new vehicles and equipment for Kudumbasree Clean Well unit members at an estimate of Rs1.95 crore.
Spillover projects like Teenage Clubs and Jagratha Samithi will also be strengthened.
The development seminar was inaugurated by Rajya Sabha MP T.N. Seema. Speaking at the function, Ms. Seema said Kerala was one of the few States in the country that took a positive approach towards decentralisation of power and reaped the benefits.