Giving due prominence to projects related to people’s welfare, waste management and education, the Maradu Municipality presented its budget for 2014-15 fiscal on Wednesday.
The budget presented by Maradu vice-chairperson Ajitha Nandakumar has an income of Rs.57.32 crore, an expenditure of Rs.56.78 crore and Rs.54.04 lakh surplus.
For executing schemes and programmes for the welfare of Scheduled Caste, an amount of Rs.1.5 crore has been earmarked in the budget. The homeless will benefit from the budget allocation of Rs.1 crore while Rs.30 lakh has been earmarked for distributing three-wheelers for the physically challenged.
A sum of Rs.10 lakh each has been set aside for providing financial aid to senior citizens and mentally challenged children. The budget has also allocated Rs.30 lakh so as to continue with the free service provided in the way of dialysis and palliative care. Moreover, Rs.2 crore and Rs.30 lakh have been allotted for implementing the Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme and gas crematorium project in the area. Towards development and maintenance of the roads, the budget has allocated Rs.80 lakh.
Just like the Kochi Corporation, the municipal budget has decided to address the issue of waste management. An allocation of Rs.1 crore has been made for purchasing vehicles, including a tipper lorry.
During the budget speech, the vice-chairperson mentioned that the local body will resume waste collection from residences after purchasing the vehicles. Currently, the local body has been collecting only plastic waste. “The waste will be transported to Brahmapuram using these vehicles,” she said. Aiming at encouraging the idea of ‘treating waste at it source’, the local body has decided to distribute bio pots, bio gas plants, pipe composts and vermin pots at subsidy rate to people. A total of Rs.25 lakh has been allocated in this regard.
Moreover, for conserving the nine rivers in the area, the budget allocated Rs.8 crore so that the water bodies are protected from pollution.
For setting up a stadium on the Maradu Mangai High School Ground, a total of Rs.1 crore has been allocated in the budget. The students in the SC, ST category who secure A+ grade in all the subjects in the SSLC examination will be distributed computers and an amount of Rs.2 lakh has been allocated. The municipality will also provide bicycles to the students in the Scheduled Caste families who complete the eighth standard successfully. A total of Rs.1 lakh has been allocated in this regard. For SC students who attend entrance exams for admissions to professional colleges, the municipality will give financial aid. A total of Rs.1 lakh has been set aside for this.
Maradu municipal chairman T K Devarajan presided over the budget presentation and the Budget review meeting will be held on Thursday.