Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday reiterated that the state government has not neglected Kochi or its infrastructure needs in this year’s Budget.
He was speaking after inaugurating the Vyttila-Ponnurunni RoB, here, on Saturday.
Pointing out a slew of developments that is already taking place in the city, the Chief Minister said the UDF Government is committed to the development of Kochi. “We do not believe in making announcements and not acting on it. We are committed to the development cause. Allegations that Kochi received nothing have surprised me,” he said.
`5 crore has been set aside for the proposed cancer research centre. A total of `35-crore Central aid has also been sought to fund two cancer research centres in Kochi and Kozhikode.“We could have made the announcement during the Budget but we chose not to do that. While such statements were not made in the Budget, many measures are being taken at the developmental front. We named V P Gangadharan as the special officer for the cancer centre. Also, the proposed centre will be developed into a major hub as per demand,” the Chief Minister said.
Referring to the flyovers which have been mooted as key infrastructural projects in the city and were given a miss in the Kerala Budget, Chandy said works of the Edappally flyover was in progress. Already, `140 crore has been set aside for the project.
The Kundanoor, Vyttila and Palarivattom flyovers have been included in PWD SPEED Kerala (Sustainable and Planned Effort to Ensure Development of infrastructure) project.
Extension of the Kochi metro rail to Tripunithura from Pettah has already been considered. The proposal to extend it to Fort Kochi, Kakkanad and Nedumbassery are being seriously contemplated, he said.
More funding will be provided for the development of the Goshree Islands, the Chief Minister added while pointing out that the Seaport-Airport Road to Kalamassery has been developed as a four-lane bridge. The Vyttila mobility hub will see a slew of developments in the coming days.