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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Govt Nod for One More Drinking Water Project - Thiruvanthapuram

The Cabinet on Thursday gave administrative sanction for a `14.5-crore  project to provide an additional drinking water source to Kollam.
It has been decided that water from the Kallada river can be used to meet the drinking water needs of Kollam as an additional source. The suggestion regarding this project came up during a recent meeting held to discuss the conservation of Sasthamkotta lake, which is currently the source of drinking water for the district.
In another decision, the government issued administrative sanction for two drinking water schemes for Kalpetta and Payyanur municipalities. The projects would be implemented through the Department of
Urban Affairs. The Kalpetta project would cost Rs 5.5 crore while the other would be of Rs 6.6 crore.
The Cabinet on Thursday decided not to collect toll on bridges built at a cost of `5 to 10 crore. The government has decided to extend the period of Housing Board’s one-time settlement scheme up to December 31, 2014. The last date of the scheme had ended on June 30, 2014. A decision has been made to give Rs 2 lakh to the MSP Higher Secondary School football team which became runners-up in the Subrato Cup International Football Tournament for boys under 17. The government also decided to clear all pending appointments under the physically handicapped quota and sports quota.
Tenure Extended
In a major decision, the government on Thursday decided to extend the period of the Justice Sivarajan Commission, probing the controversial solar scam, by six months. The decision was announced by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at the post-Cabinet media briefing. The current tenure of the Commission will expire by October 28.
It’s the second time that the government is extending the tenure of the Commission which is looking into the Solar scam and related  financial transactions.

Source : The New Indian Express , 24th Oct 2014

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