Construction of feeder and link roads among proposals
Construction of feeder and link roads and improving the municipal governance of the three erstwhile grama panchayats of Beypore, Elathur, and Nallalam-Cheruvannur have been accorded top priority in the City Corporation Budget for 2012-2013.
Presenting the budget at the corporation council here on Thursday, Deputy Mayor P.T. Abdul Latheef forecast a revenue of Rs.266.65 crore and an expenditure of Rs.254.30 crore, with a surplus of Rs.12.34 crore. The revenue comprises a carryover of Rs.16.08 crore from last year's budget.
Prof. Latheef, who is also the chairman of the Finance Standing Committee, also presented the revised budget of Rs.168.55 crore for 2011-12. The total revenue was Rs.184.63 crore.
He was presenting the Corporation budget for a record twelfth-time in a row.
The budget session also had an unpleasant scene. As soon as Mayor A.K. Premajam invited the Deputy Mayor to present the budget, the Socialist Janata (Democratic) [SJ(D)] member P. Kishenchand said Prof. Latheef had no “moral right” to present the budget as he was facing corruption charges that were being inquired by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau. He demanded that any other member of the Finance Committee present the budget.
This led to a heated argument between the ruling Left Democratic Front and the United Democratic Front members for a few minutes. But Prof. Premajam admonished the councillors, especially those who belong to the Congress and the Indian Union Muslim League, for trying to disrupt the budget session. As long as the member was not convicted, he could present the budget, she said.
Prof. Latheef said the construction of roads in areas where property owners had given land to the local body had been given due importance. A sum of Rs.3 crore would be allocated for constructing roads in 47 wards in the next fiscal. Work was already in progress for 31 roads. Another Rs.60 lakh had been set aside for construction of pocket roads.
A total amount of Rs.42 crore has been provided for the development of infrastructure.
The proposed feeder roads are the Mokavoor-Puthoor and the Mini Bypass- Meythottuthazham-National Highway. The link roads have been proposed at Malaparamba-Chevayur; Paroppady-Chevarambalam-Thondayad Road; and Beypore-Payyanakkal-O.M. Road.
The budget has also allocated matching grant for strengthening the existing roads. A sum of Rs.1.5 crore has been allocated for this purpose. Besides this, Rs.75 lakh for carrying out spot patch-works has been allocated. Maintenance fund to the tune of Rs.8.44 crore has been mooted for all the 75 wards. As many as 47 wards would get Rs.12 lakh each and the remaining 28 wards, Rs.10 lakh.
The budget has also proposed a pedestrian-crossing at the Mofussil bus station and a “bus plan” for streamlining the traffic in the city. The bus plan will be based on a study for re-routing the stage-carriers via Palayam bus station instead of the busy Mofussil bus station on Indira Gandhi Road. The timing of the bus will be scientifically re-structured and parking regulated.
This will be done in coordination with the representatives of the Bus Owners Association, Regional Transport Authority, National Transportation Planning and Research Centre, and the Police Department.