The Kochi Corporation budget for the upcoming financial year allocates a sizeable amount of funds for the completion of long-pending projects.
An amount of ₹30 crore was set aside for the construction of the corporation’s new main office building, on which work began in 2005 and is yet to be complete. The remaining work will be completed on a war footing, and the building will be ready before the civic body’s next budget is presented, Deputy Mayor K.A. Ansiya promised in the budget presentation made on Saturday. The office will be designed as a ‘green building’. Green buildings are eco-friendly in their construction and functioning.
The controversial Padmasarovaram project also found a mention in the budget. Including funds from State and Union governments, ₹9 crore has been set aside to revive the project. While the idea for the project was conceived when C.M. Dinesh Mani was the Mayor, the councils that took charge later failed to implement it and redesigned it in a manner that reclaimed parts of the backwaters, the budget document notes. The project had entailed construction of a walkway and cycle track near the Chilavannoor lake. The council will proceed with preparing a fresh design and implementing the project in an environmentally sound way.
For the memorial to poet G. Sankara Kurup that is set to come up near the Goshree bridge, ₹1 crore was allocated in the budget to initiate work.
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