Homes, Kerosene For Fishing Community Says CM Chandy
On Mar 27, 2015
|Trivandrum: The state government will channelise additional revenue generated through petrol and diesel tax hike for building 3,000 houses for the members of the coastal community in the state according to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. He was speaking after inaugurating a housing project of the Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation (KSCADC) here on Friday.
“The state government will also implement measures to make available kerosene free of cost to the fishermen community,” Chandy added.
He also noted that the state government will urge the central government to relax the terms of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification and to do away with the Meenakumari Commission Report which will adversely affect the livelihood and development of the coastal area residents.
As part of its Rs.48.75 crore housing project, the KSCADC will build houses for 450 landless people in various coastal villages across the state.
In the first phase, the government will build 32 apartments of 370 sq. ft. each in the Valiyathura fishing village at a cost of Rs.1.95 crores. The apartments worth Rs.6.5 lakh each will have a bedroom, study, kitchen and toilet.
Flats under the first phase are being constructed in the 42.45 cents of public land provided by the Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation. Reports regarding land inspections have already been submitted to the government.
“The government will seek Rs.300 crore from the 14th Planning Commission for building flats for the landless people in the state’s coastal areas,” said Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Excise K Babu, who presided over the function.
During the function, the Chief Minister handed over financial assistance for livelihood support under the Integrated Development of Fishing Villages Scheme to the beneficiaries. An amount of Rs.36,000 each was handed over to 27 beneficiaries from Vizhinjam, Puthukurichy and Poonthura in the district.
As many as 1,940 people in coastal Kerala will benefit from the livelihood support scheme, which was launched in January 2015.