Decision on Sabari rail project soon: Chief Minister

CM inaugurates KSCADC’s modernized fish market at Kalady

Kochi, Sep 10: Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy today said the discussions on the Sabari rail project were at the final stages and a decision on the matter would be taken soon.


“The state government has conveyed to the Centre its opposition to the Indian Railway’s stand that the state should bear 50 per cent of the total project cost,” he said after inaugurating a modernized fish market constructed by the Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation (KSCADC) at Kalady.


Referring to the newly inaugurated fish market facility, the Chief Minister said the construction of the Kalady fish market was completed in record time and it was truly high-tech by all means.


Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Excise Shri K Babu said panchayats and institutions which are ready to contribute 50% of the total project cost will be given sanction to set up modernized fish markets. Those interested can contact the KSCADC which will provide all necessary support.


Shri Ludy Luis MLA, Ernakulam District Panchayat President Shri Eldhose Kunnappilly and KSCADC Managing Director Shri K Ampady were among a host of dignitaries who attended the function.


The two-storied fish market facility at Kalady, built at a cost of the Rs 2.40 crore, houses 63 commercial stalls, an auction hall, display slab, chill room facility and a flake ice unit.  The market was handed over to the Grama Panchayat.


The Kalady facility is part of a chain of 41 hygienic fish markets being set up by the KSCADC across the state at a total cost of Rs 78 crore with support from both central and state governments. Of the 41 markets, 23 are completed while the works on 18 markets are in different stages. The government has sought approval from the National Fisheries Development Board for 11 more fish markets worth Rs 21 crore.


The state government is implementing Rs 600-crore development package for improving basic amenities, infrastructure, health and education facilities in the coastal villages across the state.


Of the Rs 94.63 crore worth projects conceived for Ernakulam district, projects amounting to Rs 35.46 crore have been completed including 6 drinking water projects, 11 hospital buildings, 3 electrification projects, 22 anganwadis, 11 school buildings, 6 modernized fish markets and one fish landing centre. 


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