Kerala to prioritise 10 development projects in annual plan worth Rs 38,629 cr

Aneesh Jacob

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government has prioritised 10 basic development projects for the next annual plan.

The annual plan aims to increase the involvement of private players in the agricultural, industrial and higher education sectors. It also focuses on projects to eradicate extreme poverty from the state.

The project cost has been estimated at Rs 38,629.19 crore, which includes the state’s project share of Rs 30,370 crore and centre’s share of Rs 8259.19 crore. Rs 8258 crore will be dispensed among the local self governing institutions to facilitate the projects.

10 development projects include:

  1. Vizhinjam terminal
  2. Rail traffic in Kochi
  3. Development of Kannur International Airport
  4. Annuity project of National Games
  5. Water transport system in Kochi
  6. Infrastructure development for judiciary
  7. Basic developments in government colleges
  8. Infrastructural and other developments in Malayalam, Technical, and Open universities and campuses
  9. Kerala Rail Development Corporation
  10. National Highway-Kollam-Alappuzha bypasses

Other major focuses

  • Agriculture: Diversifying crops, smart Krishi Bhavans, introducing soil health cards, ensuring scientific utilisation of land by coordinating the soil test reports, providing financial support for the value addition and retail sales of agricultural products
  • Fisherfolk: Social security for fisherfolk, ensure petrol or diesel fishing boats
  • Cooperatives: Launch new project for the production, marketing and export of the products of the cooperative societies, setting up cooperative memorial fund
  • Addressing human-animal conflict: Entrust startups to find novel methods to minimise human- animal conflicts
  • Transport: One time settlement for the road repair works, converting 3500 kilometre highway into four lane under five phases
  • Power: Prioritise viability gap fund for installing solar panels in households which fall under the below poverty line.
  • Education: Establishing model schools in each district

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