Rs.250-crore package for road development
: The budget presented by Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac in the Assembly on Thursday proposed a Rs.250- crore package for the development of ring roads and radial roads in Thiruvananthapuram district in order to ease traffic congestion.
An amount of Rs.42 crore has been set apart for a 14-km-long ring road extending from Kulathoor through Sreekaryam and Mannanthala to Peroorkada. The Mangalapuram-Pothencode-
Karakulam-Peyad-Vizhinjam ring road covering 60 km and a radial road covering 25 km from Mangalapuram to the city have been included. A sum of Rs.253 crore is earmarked for the renovation of a 129-km stretch from Parassala to Alimukku in Kollam.
Renovation of the 37.5-km Nedumangadu-Sherlakkod State highway and two-laning of the Thiruvananthapuram-Neyyar Dam and Vamanapuram-Attingal-Chirayinkeezh district roads have also been included.
The budget has allocated Rs.150 crore for the first phase of the proposed international container transhipment terminal at Vizhinjam. Dr. Isaac announced an outlay of Rs.5 crore for a Life Science Park in Thiruvananthapuram.
The budget includes an allocation of Rs.50 crore for model fishing villages at Vizhinjam, Poonthura and Anchuthengu. Modernisation of the Central stadium and construction of new stadia at Karyavattom and Vattiyoorkavu have been proposed.
A sum of Rs.60 crore has been earmarked for drinking water supply schemes at Parassala and Kumarakom.
A sum of Rs.10 crore is set apart for the Capital City Development Programme. In his budget speech, Dr. Isaac said the progress of the KSUDP and Capital City Development Projects had not been satisfactory. The government has analysed the experience so far and given shape to a plan of action to rectify the shortcomings, he added.
The budget has allocated Rs.10 crore to implement the master plan for the Attukal temple complex. A Rs.1-crore project for setting up a Film City at the Chitranjali Studio Complex, a Rs.2-crore assistance for the State Central Library, coastal police stations at Poovar and Anchuthengu, a mini-civil station at Varkala, a new working women's hostel at Nandavanam and a Forest Academy at Arippa are other proposals. The District Congress Committee (DCC) said the budget had ignored the capital city. DCC president V.S. Sivakumar termed the budget proposals ‘hollow and aimed at hoodwinking the people.'
The Chamber of Commerce, Thiruvananthapuram, said it was unfortunate that the budget had failed to earmark funds for the third phase development of the international airport, setting up industrial parks, construction of an international convention centre and making the capital a clean city. A press note quoting chamber secretary S.N. Reghuchandran Nair, however, welcomed the Rs.250 crore road development package and the outlay for the container transhipment terminal and life science park.