THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Devaswom Minister V S Sivakumar said that the works of the fishing village project to come up in Valiyathura at a cost of ` 18.54 crore will begin this month. Under the project, 200 houses would be constructed for fishermen, each house having two rooms.
Each house would cost around Rs 3,60,000 and Rs 7.10 crore had been earmarked for the project in last month’s budget. For drinking water, electrification and sanitation, Rs 4.06 crore has been allotted in the 2012-13 financial year. And an additional Rs 4 crore has been allotted for the modernisation of Valiyathura Fisheries School.
Finance for other works in the fishing sector, such as dressing centre, peeling shed, storage facility, hospital building, playground, recreation centre and four high-mast lights, would be included in the 2014-15 financial year, said Sivakumar. The 13th Finance Commission has allotted Rs 200 crore for Kerala and in Thiruvananthapuram district, Valiyathura is the only place that has been included in the project. The project will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.