Construction to begin shortly, says Minister

Construction of the Koyilandy-Kappad road will begin shortly, Minister for Excise and Fisheries K. Babu has said.

He was inaugurating a seminar on fish farming at Marad fishermen village on Thursday. The Minister who also disbursed the financial aid for a housing scheme in Marad fisheries village announced that Rs.10 crore had been allotted for construction of the Koyilandy-Kappad road.

A total of Rs.299 lakh had been sanctioned for the Beypore port road and parking facilities there, while Rs.43 lakh had been allotted for dredging work on the port.

The Minister announced that the financial assistance to fishermen would soon be routed through banks. Disbursement of fishermen’s pension through banks would start this month.

However, pensioners who did not have bank accounts would get their pension by money order. He hoped all fishermen would open bank accounts since various benefits from government would from now on be disbursed through bank accounts.

It was also announced that administrative sanction had been given for a socio-economic survey among fishermen.

For a housing scheme for fishermen, a loan of Rs.200 crore would be availed of from Nabard and Rs.150 crore from Hudco.

The government was planning to construct 12,000 houses in the next three years. As many as 6,000 toilets would also be built. For construction of toilets the government would release Rs.17,500 as grant.

The Minister also presented a cash prize to Kakkanath Manoj, recipient of the Atma Award for best fisherman, at the function.

The former Industries Minister and Beypore MLA Elamaram Karim presided.

Corporation standing committee chairperson T. Rajani, district panchayat president Kanathil Jameela and District Collector K.V. Mohankumar spoke.

  • Fishermen’s pension to be disbursed through banks

  • 12,000 houses to be built for fishermen