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Stone laid for Aakkulam township project

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More such projects planned

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: : The successful completion of the satellite township at Aakkulam would trigger more such projects in the State, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said.

Laying the foundation stone for the project to be implemented by the Kerala State Housing Board and the Tourism Department here on Thursday, Mr. Chandy said that while taking up such projects, better transport facilities also should be provided to link the suburbs with the city so that people would not be reluctant to move to the townships.

He said the Government was committed to reconstructing the houses built under the one-lakh housing scheme.

Many of the twin houses were in a dilapidated state and now the Government was bearing 50 per cent of the cost for reconstruction and the rest was being borne by the panchayats.

As many as 56 panchayats have come forward to rebuild the houses, and work on 1,043 houses have already been completed.

It had been decided to reconstruct 2,500 houses this year, he said.

Housing Minister K. M. Mani, in his presidential address, said that the proposal to set up a satellite township at Thripunithura in Ernakulam had not been shelved. When the Government decided to set up the township, there was opposition due to certain misgivings, but the project had not been given up.

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