A bit early comes the City Corporation’s budget for the 2014-15 fiscal this Friday, in view of the expected announcement of Lok Sabha polls. This will be the only full year the present council would get to identify the needs and wants of the city and make things work as its tenure would last for just another year and 10 months more.
The budget is sure to be judged in view of the 2015 civic elections and the budget preparation is going on as a hush-hush affair.
While looking forward to what’s up for another year to come, as always, the list of unfulfilled promises of the previous year paint a dismal picture. Certain projects that made their way to the budget for one more time were not second time lucky. The highlight announcements under the banner of women’s security had not happened other than the martial arts training for school students called ‘Penkaruthu.’
Authorities, at the same time, are hopeful that all these projects would take off as the last day in March, the end of a fiscal, is still ahead.
Ambitious projects like installation of surveillance cameras for women’s safety, women-driven autorickshaws and solar energy equipment for Kudumbashree women have not materialised.
Deputy Mayor G Happykumar, who also chairs the Finance Standing Committee, attributes the ‘government norms’ a roadblock to make several projects remain as paper dreams. “On identifying the needs of places and sections the projects were included in the budget. But all those projects may not get permission from the government for implementation. Certain projects are in the processing stage, ready to be tendered and we hope to launch them by March,” he said.
The empty kitty of projects that required construction activities, for the coastal area and annexed wards from panchayat areas, stands testimony to the Deputy Mayor’s argument.
* Slum-free capital
* Matsya Jyothi
* Vizhinjam special package
* Nagara saukaryangalilekku santhosha sayahnam
* Turning point