Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas said that the actual plan was altered when the construction of the first phase of the walkway was completed in the Willingdon Island.
The authorities should take steps to rectify the faults in the next phase. He was speaking after opening the Ravipuram crematorium to the public on Saturday.
The minister said that measures should be taken with the help of voluntary organisations to maintain the crematorium.
“For any developmental activities, public private participation is a prerequisite. Hence, the participation of the public should be encouraged. Besides, governmental agencies that undertake developmental activities should be stimulated, which is otherwise moving at a snail’s pace,” he pointed out.
Ravipuram crematorium is the first assignment of project titled ‘Cochin First’. The crematorium was renovated with an amount to the tune of Rs 60 lakh. Out of this, Rs 45 lakh was spent by the Rotary club of Cochin.
Mayor Tony Chammany said that apart from the aforementioned crematorium, there are three other crematoriums which will be maintained soon.
“Benny Behnan MLA has been assigned to prepare an estimate for the crematorium at Edappally. It will be renovated using his MLA fund. While others at Vaduthala and Pachalam will be under Hibi Eden MLA,” he said.
“As much as Rs 1 crore has been allotted to the crematorium at Vaduthala from Hibi Eden MLA’s fund,” the mayor said.
Excise Minister K Babu and GCDA chairman N Venugopal were also present on the occasion.