Rs.110-crore projects under rehabilitation scheme

Staff Reporter

Fisheries Department runs execution unit

Rs.3 crore to improve roads in coastal areas

Rs.1,68,438 utilised to create micro-enterprise units

KANNUR: Projects with a total outlay of Rs.110 crore are in progress in the district under the Tsunami Rehabilitation Scheme being implemented through various government departments.

The projects are being executed through the departments of Revenue, Education, Fisheries, Minor Irrigation, Harbour Engineering, Agriculture, Ports, Social Welfare and Forests as well as the Kerala Water Authority (KWA), the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and the Kudumbasree Mission. A press release issued by the Information and Public Relations Department here said a Rs.3-crore project for improving roads in the coastal areas in the district had been granted administrative sanction.

Works estimated to cost Rs.7 crore for renovating and improving the Mappila Bay and Azhikkal Fishing Harbours had also secured administrative sanction. A Rs.1.7-crore project for expanding fish landing centres at Palakkode and Ettikkulam also gets the nod.

The improvement of the Azhikkal Port here, at an estimated cost of Rs.11 crore, had been granted approval, the release said. Administrative nod was also given to a Rs.13-crore project for the development of the Muzhappilangad, Dharmadam, Payyambalam and Meenkunnu beaches.

The Muzhappilangad project is estimated to coast Rs.6.4 crore. The Meenkunnu beach would get Rs.1.5 crore for development. The press release said a project implementation unit was functioning under the Fisheries Department. The rehabilitation scheme aims at restoring means of livelihood to those people living in tsunami-affected areas, among other things, the release said. The KWA was implementing projects worth Rs.4.04 crore under its Kannur division.

Haritha project

The Haritha project being jointly implemented by the Fisheries, Social Forestry, Revenue and Agriculture departments and the Kudumbasree mission was expected to cost Rs.10 crore. The project envisioned planting of mangroves to develop a natural protection wall. The Irrigation Department was carrying out projects worth Rs.8 crore through its Thalassery Division, the release said. Micro-enterprise projects for creation of small- scale entrepreneurship among fisherwomen were being implemented through the Society for Assistance to Fisher women. Beneficiary selection and training had already been completed; the release said adding that a total Rs.1,68,438 had already been spent for 42 micro-enterprise units.

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