This year’s Maradu Municipality budget focused on women empowerment with a couple of projects mooted for women’s welfare.
The municipality has announced that a hostel will be constructed for working women in the area. It was mentioned that the hostel will ensure the safety of women who prefer to work and stay here. The hostel will be built on the one-acre land near the Gregorian Public School at Maradu. The municipality has allocated Rs.25 lakh for the proposal.
It has also announced the re-introduction of ‘Ashwamedham’ bus service which was withdrawn last year owing to the additional maintenance cost. For purchasing a new bus to the Kudumbashree women, a total of Rs.20 lakh has been earmarked . The vice-chairperson said the decision was taken after considering the transportation woes of those living in the interiors of Maradu region after the bus ‘Aswamedham’ was withdrawn. The bus service, launched three years ago, was manned by the women of Kudumbashree mission, the first-of-its-kind in the state. The service was a big relief for those living in the interiors of Maradu who otherwise had to depend on autorickshaws to reach the main junction.
Moreover, for teaching traditional percussion instruments and beautician courses to women, a total of Rs.4 lakh has been earmarked.