Initiative aimed at decongesting Thrissur city
A Rs.142 crore package for Thrissur announced in the State budget is expected to provide a shot in the arm for infrastructure development in the city. The package that aims at decongesting the city by improving infrastructure includes a railway overbridge from Kokkalai to Poothole, a flyover at West Fort and modernisation of junctions at East Fort, Poonkunnam, Patturaikkal and Aswini hospital junction.
Sanction has been accorded for a bridge across Azhikode and Munambam.
The major roads envisaged in the budget include the Thrissur-Shoranur State Highway and Chembukkavu-Kuttanellur-Akkikkavu district road. Money has been allocated for the maintenance of the Thrissur-Choondal Road too.
The Finance Minister has included the Mannuthy-Amala bypass and the Kunnamkulam-Ottappalam bypass in the Rs.1,000 crore bypass development project.
To address the labour shortage in farm sector, the government has decided to extend the Green Army project, a successful initiative of the Wadakkanchery block panchayat, to all the districts in the State.
About 70 per cent of the force will be recruited from those belonging to the Scheduled Castes category, according to the Minister. A sum of Rs.28 crore has been earmarked for providing uniform and farm machinery to the green force.
A Rs.3-crore organic industrial park will come up at Kodungalloor. Mini civil stations will be built at Guruvayur and Mannuthy. Approval for the long-pending Guruvayur drainage project is expected to provide relief to the acute sewage problem of the temple city.
A sum of Rs. 20 crore has been allotted for the modernisation of Sitaram Mills, one of the oldest mills in the State. A family court will come up at Irinjalakuda. A sub-court will be built at Chavakkad. A new police station will come up at Guruvayur. The Finance Minister has allocated Rs.1 crore for K. Karunakaran Memorial Stadium at Mala.
The Rs.20 crore for Muziris Heritage Project will boost tourism development in the district. An amount of Rs. 4 crore has been allotted for Oushadhi. Brahmaswom Matom will be renovated at Rs.3 crore.
An amount of Rs.1.5 crore each will be given to the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, Kerala Sahithya Akademi and the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi. The Kerala Institute of Local Administration will get Rs. 6 crore.