Kochi, Oct 1: The coastal village of Pallipuram today got a new library, constructed by the Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation (KSCADC) at a cost of Rs 25 lakh under the state government’s Integrated Development of Fishing Villages Scheme.
The 85.92-square metre library building houses separate rooms for book keeping, reading, and office as well as toilet facility. Furniture and books will also be supplied by KSCADC as part of the project.
Inaugurating the library, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries Ports and Excise Shri K Babu said “KSCADC is building 31 libraries across the coastal villages in the state at a cost of Rs 9.6 crore, five of which will be constructed in Ernakulam district at a total cost of Rs 1.77 crore.”
The minister also inaugurated the high-mast light installed at Munambam and Rakteshwari beaches at an overall project outlay of Rs 14 lakh. The toilet facility at the village, constructed by the KSCADC at a cost of Rs 11 lakh, was also opened for public.
The Minister noted that around 57 fishing villages in the state are covered under the scheme which aims to improve basic amenities for the fisher folk in these coastal areas.
The KSCADC is implementing projects worth Rs 85 crore across the state under this scheme. Developmental activities worth Rs 1.93 crore are being carried out in Pallipuram fishing village, which includes Rs 53-lakh drinking water project and Rs 66.92-lakh electrification project.
As part of the state government’s Rs 600 crore initiative for the integrated socio-economic development of fishing sector and the coastal areas, KSCADC is implementing developmental projects worth Rs 94.62 crore in Ernakulam district alone. Projects amounting to Rs 36.59 crore have been completed while works on projects worth Rs 58.04 crore are at different stages of completion.
Shri S Sharma MLA presided over the function.
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