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Tharoor urges CM, FM to provide funds for key projects

Posted on Feb 13, 11:07AM | UNI

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 12 : Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor has requested Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Finance Minister K M Mani to make adequate provisions in the forthcoming State Budget 2013-14 for three key projects in the Parliamentary constituency here.

The projects are widening and reconstruction of the Karamana-Kaliyikavila stretch of NH-47, the Monorail project for Thiruvananthapuram city and the Vizhinjam International Deepwater Multi Purpose Seaport Project.

Dr Tharoor met the Chief Minister and the Finance Minister here today in the context of the forthcoming State Budget, 2013-14 and handed over letters outlining the pressing need for making budgetary provision for them.

The two leaders assured him that the Budget would adequately address these issues and include the necessary funding to ensure their time-bound completion.

In his letter, Dr Tharoor pointed out that the Karamana-Kaliyikavila NH-47 development project is an urgent need of the entire population of the area encompassing four major Assembly constituencies, which included Neyyatinkara constituency which had bolstered the Government by electing the UDF candidate in the bye-election with a handsome majority.

The project was one which could not be delayed any longer for want of administrative will, allocation of funds and tangible action on the ground, he said.

Dr Tharoor recalled the meeting convened by the Chief Minister a few months ago, which was attended by public representatives, Ministers concerned and senior officials, and which had served to bring about the much needed clarity and thrust in respect of the immediate steps required to be undertaken, especially in the matter of completing the all-important land acquisition process.