Maradu Water Treatment Plant
If all goes as planned, the Maradu Water Treatment Plant project, which was stagnant for the past few years, will be commissioned in February 2014. The 50-crore project, the work of which was commenced three years ago, aims to treat water from the Muvattupuzha River thus ensuring potable water supply to entire West Kochi, areas under Kochi Corporation, Maradu Municipality, Kumbalam and Chellanam panchayats. District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth said the commissioning of the project will happen most probably in February 2014.
Hopes High on Smart City
When this ambitious project was commenced a few years ago, it was one of the biggest projects the city could ever dream of. Much to the dismay of Kochiites, the pace of its development slackened. Presently, piling is on full swing at the work site. If the authorities can pull strings together efficiently, 2014 can see realisation of this robust project.
Call for Cancer Centre Gains Momentum
Though the demand for a cancer centre gained momentum in 2013, confusion still prevails as the government is yet to come up with a substantial plan. The Justice V R Krishna Iyer Movement for Cancer Centre has put forth two major demands including preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) with the help of experts including medical, technical and consultants who have experience in building state-of-art cancer centres. As the government is yet to rope in a government agency to undertake a DPR, the demand is for appointing HSSC (India) Ltd as the agency to prepare a DPR.
At the same time, the only early cancer detection centre in central Kerala at Kaloor cuts a sorry figure with scant facilities and unhygienic surroundings.
Meanwhile, the state’s first ever MRI scanning centre was set up at the Ernakulam general hospital. The scan services costs between `1,800 and
`3000 where as it is between `7500 and `10,000 in private hospitals. If more awareness is created, more people would make use of this service.
Sewage Plant at Brahmapuram
To solve the crucial issue of treating sewage waste, the district administration has demarcated one acre of land near Brahmapuram to set up a sewage treatment plant.
The district administration has submitted its report to the director of Local Self-Government Department (LSGD). This plant can easily manage the sewage waste menace experienced by the city.
Maharaja’s College Granted Autonomy
The Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam was granted autonomy. But the decision was not welcomed with both hands as apprehensions brewed. Though the administration of the college will get little outside interference, the students fear that many discrepancies are likely to arise.