Wednesday, Mar 27, 2002
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By Our Staff Reporter
The budget presented by the Finance Standing Committee chairman, G. Jayapalan Pillai, shows a revenue of Rs. 39,42,04,758, an expenditure of Rs. 38,64,49,000 and a surplus of Rs. 77,55,758.
The budget gives stress on drinking water projects, road development, electrification of interior areas, women's welfare and development of harijan colonies. While legal measures would be initiated against the unauthorised public markets functioning at various places within the corporation limits, steps would be initiated to open new markets at Thanni, Eravipuram, Randaamkutti and Ayathil Bypass.
A sum of Rs. 20 lakhs has been allocated for the remaining work required to complete the construction of the electric crematorium. A sum of Rs. 5 lakh each has been allocated for the shifting of the lorry stand from the Armed Reserve Camp area to a suitable location and for the construction of the Andamukham private bus stand. For the tourism oriented project on the Ashtamudi Lake at Shakthikulangara, Rs. 15 lakhs has been allocated.
Two open air auditoriums would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 20 lakhs at the Chinnakada Press Club maidan and Punthalathazham Junction. A coastal road would be constructed at Shakthikulangara provided land is made available for the same.
Facilities would be improved at the Kollam beach MG Park. Snack bars would be opened there on B.O.T. basis and a parking fee system would be introduced there for bringing about better traffic regulations around the park area.
The corporation headquarters would be linked with the zonal offices through a computer network and an entrance fee is also planned at the Lal Bahadur Stadium for those using the venue for morning exercises.
The Kottaramkulam near the collectorate would be cleaned up and maintained.
The corporation is also planning to conduct an all India exhibition and a flower show at a suitable time of the year.
Meanwhile, the Opposition councillor, S. Suresh Babu, has condemned the budget by stating that the major portion of the allocations have been shared by the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor for projects in their respective wards.
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