Govt Invites City Residents to Join
By Express News Service | Published: 21st January 2014 12:54 PM |
Applications are invited from the residents of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation for participating in the implementation of the Urban Environment Improvement Project of the government-owned Kerala Irrigation Infrastructure Development Corporation (KIIDC). The objective of the scheme is to establish “a self-sustained miniature of our ecosystem in every household of Trivandrum corporation”, according to a release issued by KIIDC managing director.
The three key concepts perceived under the scheme for setting up these “micro ecology hubs” are ‘’waste to fuel’’ (biogas), ‘space to life’ ( roof gardens, aquariums, poultry units) and ‘technology for economy’ (drip irrigation, grow bags, fertilizers).
As part of this project, the release said, the government proposes to make the selected households environment-friendly with “rooftop vegetable cultivation supported with micro irrigation and organic inputs, assistance in growing medicinal plants, tubers, fruit plants, spices and flowering plants, setting up of bio-degrader for solid waste management, biogas plant, water harvesting, grey water collection tank, vermi-compost, mushroom unit, ornamental and backyard fisheries and poultry unit”.
The beneficiaries can choose between different “packages”, with the basic package estimated to cost Rs 10,000. There will be a government subsidy of Rs 7,000 and beneficiaries will have to contribute Rs 3,000.
Under the first phase of the project 800 houses will be identified as per guidelines set out by the Environment Department, for which applications are invited from interested beneficiaries who are residents of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation.
Preference will be given for implementation through residents’ associations and it is desirable that applications are grouped in batches of at least 20 beneficiaries from each residents’ association, the release stated. It is likely to select 300 residents’ associations wherein the beneficiaries shall be selected on the basis of spatial distribution.
Applications in plain paper addressed to the Managing Director, Kerala Irrigation Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd, Vasanth Vihar Gardens, Kumarapuram, Medical College PO, Thiruvananthapuram-695011 should reach the office of KIIDC on or before January 25.