The Urban Environment Improvement Project of the government-owned Kerala Irrigation Infrastructure Development Corporation (KIIDC) will be inaugurated by Environment Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on Thursday.
The objective of the scheme is to establish ‘a self-sustained miniature of our ecosystem in every household of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation’ and has three main components - ‘waste to fuel’, ‘space to life’ and ‘technology for economy’, according to a KIIDC release.
As part of this project, the government proposes to make the selected households environment-friendly by promoting urban vegetable gardens, rainwater harvesting, water reuse and the like.
The beneficiaries can choose between different ‘packages’, with the basic package estimated to cost Rs 10,000. Components under this include 25 grow bags with seeds, drip irrigation, organic inputs, medicinal and tuber crops.
Beneficiaries can also opt for a supplementary package whose components include biogas plant, rainwater harvesting tank, grey water collection tank, vermicompost unit, mushroom unit, poultry unit and backyard fisheries, among others.
Under the first phase of the project 800 houses will be identified as per guidelines set out by the Environment Department, for which applications have been invited from interested beneficiaries who are residents of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation and have a minimum of two cents of open space (roof top/ ground) for cultivation.
The inauguration of the project, on Thursday evening at VJT Hall, will also be attended by Water Resources Minister P J Joseph, Health Minister V S Sivakumar and Mayor K Chandrika.