In the background of rise in the prices of cooking gas, the residents’ associations in the city have urged the state government to implement the City Gas Plant project immediately. The plant was designed to deliver the fuel needs of the city through the LNG Terminal.
The demand was raised at the recent eighth annual meeting of the Ernakulam District Residents Association Apex Council (EDRAAC). Excise Minister K Babu, who inaugurated the meeting, assured that steps will be taken to address the concerns of the residents as soon as possible.
In a resolution passed at the meeting, EDRAAC has put forward a series of other demands on several major developmental initiatives in the city and has asked the state to urgently take appropriate actions on all of these.
The EDRAAC said the State Government should roll back the price of cooking gas and should also reduce the time lag in the distribution system. It has also requested the state government to take urgent steps to distribute essential commodities at a reduced rate through the public distribution system and to set up Kochi Metro Transport Authority for running the JNNURM-funded low floor buses.
The resolution said that along with the Kochi Metro works, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation should be directed to widen and reconstruct the PVS Culvert.
The EDRAAC also put forward the demand for construction of Pachalam Vaduthala ROB and to extend the coastal road from Chaathiyath to Cheraneloor Container Road.
It also held that to solve the deficiencies in the present registration system for resident’s association, the state government should bring in a new legislature for the registration.
To bring in more transparency in governance, the residents’ associations said they should be given a significant role to play in the monitoring committees that monitor city’s developmental works. “Resident’s association representatives should be given a role in the monitoring committees of the corporation and the taluk-level committees that implement development and welfare projects for the people. This will ensure that benefits of projects are indeed trickling down to the people,” said EDRAAC general secretary A Ajit Kumar. EDRAAC president K Rangadasa Prabhu presided over the meeting and treasurer K A Fransis presented the annual fiscal report. Vice-president V K Manoharan and secretary K A Unnithaan spoke on the occasion. Representatives from 28 area committees were present for the meeting.