Municipal budget boosts water supply projects | Kochi News

Kochi: Kalamassery Municipality presented a budget of Rs 101 crore on Monday with expenditure of Rs 95.48 crore for the financial year 2022-23. The Covid pandemic has undermined the income of the local body since most establishments whose theaters have remained closed for a long time.
While Kalamassery is reeling from drinking water shortages, the budget is giving impetus to drinking water projects. The municipality claims that the problem of drinking water shortage in the 42 divisions will be completely solved once the project worth Rs 38.10 crore submitted to Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut) materializes. The municipality’s vice-president, Salma Aboobacker, said the local body will have to cover half of the expenses.
Waste management is also getting a substantial amount in the budget, which has earmarked Rs 4 crore for installing CCTV at junctions and the main road to catch those dumping the waste. As degradable waste from local body limit is transported to Brahmapuram waste management plant, Rs 1 crore has been allocated for this purpose. To dispose of non-biodegradable waste from the landfill, Rs 1 crore has also been earmarked.
An amount of Rs 2.10 crore has been set aside to install four mini high mast lighthouses in each division of the municipality. For the construction of an apartment complex for the landless, Rs 15 crore has been earmarked. The amount will be taken from the scheme fund, equity and loan from financial institutions.
For the maintenance and operation of the Children’s Science Park and other local body parks, Rs 2.30 crore has been set aside. For the renovation of public cemeteries and for the online dissemination of rituals associated with death, the municipality has allocated Rs 20 lakh for the computerization and organization of reservation facilities.
An amount of Rs 1 crore has been announced for the construction of She Lodge. To give social security pension, Rs 11 crore was allocated. The budget announced Rs 7.71 crore for Ayyankali job guarantee scheme.
The Municipality of Kalamassery is also planning to build Pakalveedu for the elderly, and the budget has earmarked Rs 25 lakh for this purpose.
The budget says the municipality has sought approval from the central government for a project worth Rs 4.56 crore for the development of government upper secondary and higher vocational schools within the local body boundary. An amount of Rs 50 lakh has been earmarked for the development of all schools in the municipality.