Kerala to have special environment budget in FY 2023-24: Finance minister

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Thiruvananthapuram: A special environment budget document will be presented along with the state budget from financial year 2023-24, announced finance minister KN Balagopal. The document will detail the expenditure related to enviromental projects, the minister said.

With the environmental budget, Kerala will become a state that have significant progress in environmental matters, pointed out the minister.

The state will be committed to the global goal of achieving net neutrality by 2050. Kerala will set an example for other states, he added.

Corroborating the same, he made some other announcements related to pollution control and so on.

The government has put forth several projects for clearing the waste dumped in water bodies. The budget allotted Rs 2 crores for cleaning Vamanapuram river in Thiruvananthapuram. Along with this, a fund of Rs 20 crore will be granted for cleaning Ashtamudi-Venad backwaters in Kollam. Similarly, Rs 1 cr will be reserved for cleaning Sasthamkotta backwaters.

Rs 10 crore will be granted for purchasing machinery to clean the sand accumulated in the dams. Suchithwa Sagarm project devised for cleaning water bodies will be extended across the state and in this regard Rs 10 crores will be allocated.

Meanwhile, in apparent push to green economy, the minister announced some projects. He informed that the government has allocated Rs 15 crore for installation of solar panel at homes in the form of interest-free loans. Likewise, 50 per cent of ferry boats in the state will be modified to depend on solar power, the minister announced. In his speech he also talked about a project for manufacturing good quality furniture with the use of bamboo.

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