A road safety audit carried out in all the 14 districts in the State by the Public Works Department (PWD) has revealed that Rs.589.99 crore was needed for various road safety measures, Minister for Public Works V.K. Ebrahim Kunju has said.
Replying to questions in the Assembly on Friday, the Minister said the amount was needed for taking preventive steps such as road markings, installing sign boards, direction boards, crash barriers, humps, reflectors, rumble strips, geometric improvement, junction improvement, and site distance improvement.
Of the amount, Rs.3,40, 297,037 was needed for Thiruvananthapuram, Rs.2,78,892,995 for Ernakulam, Rs.1,59,000,000 in Kozhikode division.
As per the road safety audit estimate, the highest of Rs.9,52,780,575 was needed in Idukki division and the lowest of Rs.12,170,000 in Thrissur division.
The PWD had already utilised the Rs.13 crore provided from the Kerala Road Safety Authority for road safety.
The Minister said the department was taking steps to rectify the black spots found across the State during the road safety audit. Under the second phase of World Bank-aided Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP), a sum of Rs.90 crore had been earmarked for the safety of selected. The Kazhakuttom-Adoor stretch of the M.C. road had been selected for safe corridor project, he added.
Minister for Revenue Adoor Prakash told the House that the preliminary loss due to drought had been put at Rs.7,795 crore. Replying to questions, Mr. Prakash said 1.57 lakh farmers had suffered losses and 3.5-lakh hectares had been affected on account of drought.
The Revenue Minister said the government was preparing a memorandum under the National Calamity Relief rules and this would be submitted to the Union government after the Assembly session was over.
Already, the State had submitted a memorandum asking for Rs.1,995 crore assistance. Detailing the steps taken by the government to tackle the drought, Mr. Prakash said funds would not be a problem and the local bodies should extend support to the government initiatives.
Replying to another question, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Anoop Jacob said the government was going ahead with the computerisation of the public distribution system (PDS). A detailed project report was being provided to distribute food grains through ration shops after introducing biometric systems by linking with Aadhaar.
The Minister informed the House that the government was going ahead with the project to provide subsidy to above poverty line (APL) card holders through bank accounts.
The banks are yet to be identified, he said.
A social monitoring committee had been set up to take care of the complaints against LPG distributors.
As many as 1,112 complaints were received from August 2012 to January 2013 against the agencies in the State.
Road safety audit conducted in all districts Loss due to drought put at Rs.7,795 crore
Road safety audit conducted in all districts
Loss due to drought put at Rs.7,795 crore