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Corporation to present two projects at investors' meet

It seems that differences between the Urban Affairs Minister and the City Corporation over the projects from the local body to be presented at the investors’ meet have finally been sorted out.

Published: 18th October 2013 11:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th October 2013 11:47 AM   |  A+A-

It seems that differences between the Urban Affairs Minister and the City Corporation over the projects from the local body to be presented at the investors’ meet have finally been sorted out. City Corporation officials say that Mayor A K Premajam has conveyed to Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali that the local body will submit two projects at the investors’ meet - construction of an advanced abattoir at Kothi and setting up of a state-of-the-art waste treatment plant at Njeliyanparamba. “I had conveyed to the Urban Affairs Minister last week the decision of the City Corporation to present two projects from Kozhikode in the investors’ meet. He has agreed to the proposals and the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the same will be prepared soon,” the mayor said. Earlier, on June 2, after a meeting in Kozhikode, the Urban Affairs Minister had announced that five projects for the development of Kozhikode city would be presented at the investors’ meet. The projects proposed to be put forward before investors included the new bus terminal- cum commercial complex in 5. 5 acres of land at Palayam, a satellite bus terminal-cum shopping complex at Meenchanda, a bus terminal at Medical College, beautification of Kuttichira pond and Tali temple and the renovation of Vengeri market. All these five projects have now been abandoned. The issue had snowballed into a major controversy. Of the total five projects announced, the Corporation officials had then said that three proposals - bus terminal-cum commercial complex, satellite bus terminal- cum shopping complex at Meenchanda and a bus terminal at the Medical College - had already been included in the budget of the civic body for 2013-14. Mayor Premajam had also termed the Urban Affairs Department’s act of including those projects in the list for the investors’ meet as a ‘hijacking’ attempt and both the minister and the mayor had engaged in a war of words. But all this time, the minister maintained that all the five projects from Kozhikode were announced following a meeting and deliberations attended by various authorities, including the mayor. The meet, intended to attract investments in the five city corporations, was scheduled to be held in August, but was postponed twice, first to October and then to January.

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