Municipal budget boosts water projects


₹41cr. to combat the shortage of drinking water in the municipality of Alappuzha

₹41cr. to combat the shortage of drinking water in the municipality of Alappuzha

Drinking water projects, road development and housing were given priority in Alappuzha Municipality’s budget for 2022-23 presented on Wednesday.

The surplus budget of ₹3.19 crore, with income of ₹256.51 crore and expenditure of ₹253.32 crore, was presented by Vice President PSM Hussain.

The budget set aside ₹41 crore to tackle shortage of drinking water in the civic body. Presenting the budget, Mr Hussain said that all obsolete pipelines would be replaced. In addition, 30 km of new pipelines would be laid. The budget promises to provide 22,000 new water connections.

A sum of ₹30 crore has been earmarked for improving road connectivity in Alappuzha town. The budget provides for the construction of new urban roads and the reconstruction of old ones.

In a bid to become a homeless municipality, the budget allocated ₹25 crore for construction of houses for homeless landowners. The budget proposes various projects to increase agricultural production.

Mr. Hussain said seeds and fertilizers would be provided free of charge to rice farmers. The budget proposes various programs for the empowerment of women. The announced projects aim to create more jobs, increase incomes and improve the social status of women.

A sum of ₹3 crore has been set aside for the implementation of a sludge treatment project in houseboats. A sewage treatment plant will be constructed at the Alappuzha Government General Hospital, at a cost of ₹3 crore. A sum of ₹6.25 crore will be spent on purchasing a mobile unit and other facilities for human waste management.

Alappuzha City Hall will be rebuilt by spending ₹3 crore. An amount of ₹3 crore has been earmarked for the construction of a modern fish market. A modern slaughterhouse will be constructed at a cost of ₹2 crore. A sum of ₹2 crore has been set aside for the completion of the century-old Alappuzha Municipality building.

The budget allocated ₹1 crore each for a hostel and purchase of land and construction of buildings for the anganwadis. Water kiosks will be installed in 42 schools within the municipal boundaries by spending ₹1 crore. An amount of ₹50 lakh is earmarked for converting Mullakkal into a heritage street. A new dialysis machine and kit will be made available at the general hospital at ₹50 lakh.

The budget proposes to launch the Alleppey Super League consisting of cricket, football, hockey and basketball and to establish a foundation in memory of Vadappuram Bava (founding leader of the Travancore Labor Association).

The Municipality is also proposing the formation of a Happiness Department to ensure the welfare of members of old people’s clubs, widows, students, mothers of disabled children and inmates of Shanthimandiram.

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