With the Corporation promising cycle tracks for the city in each budget, the opposition councillors have decided to mark their protest. Five opposition councillors will cycle their way to the Corporation’s budget discussion meet on Wednesday to highlight, ‘the bogus promise on delivering cycle tracks to Kochi each year.’
Despite the announcement to implement cycle tracks in the previous budgets, the ruling council has failed to set up cycle tracks in the city, they said. In last year’s budget also a detailed draft was proposed promising Kochi a bicycle track. The budget even allocated `3 lakh to conduct a study on setting up the tracks in tourist spots like Fort Kochi and Mattanchery.
“But no study report has been tabled in the Corporation during the past year. The authorities have admitted that they were unable to spend a single rupee towards the proposal. This year’s budget has yet again proposed setting up cycle tracks under the head ‘Non Motorised Transport System’ for which `20 lakh has been allocated. Not a word has been said on what happened to the previous allocation. Whom are they trying to fool,” asked opposition councillor Mahesh Kumar who will be leading the protest.
Councillors P R Rineesh, C A Shakeer, N A Shafeek and A H Niyaz will join the protest ride. The councillors said that cycling to the budget meeting on Wednesday was a symbolic protest against the absentmindedness of the civic body. “Almost all the proposals of the civic body have met with the same fate as that of the cycle track. Proposals of the Centre and state government or the KMRL or DMRC, have turned into reality but those of the civic body still remain on paper. We want to highlight the fact that the budget is full of such bogus schemes like the proposed cycle track,” said Mahesh Kumar.