Construction works worth over Rs 20,000 crores have been completed in Kerala by the Public Works Department (PWD) with funding from KIIFB, according to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He said this while inaugurating the Ernakulam Kundannur flyover through video conference.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Minister said, “KIIFB has already undertaken projects worth over Rs 50,000 crores in the State. In addition to the projects of PWD, currently, there are 5,015 projects of the Local Self Government institutions. Of these, 305 projects have been completed and the rest is expected to be completed by March 15. In the last few years, the state has faced intermittent crises but despite these challenges, the basic infrastructure development has not been compromised. The construction of several bridges and roads are in full swing. We were able to meet the challenges of the state in a positive way.”
The Kundannur flyover was also built with State funds. The bridge has been adjusted to allow vehicles with five and a half meters height from Wellington side to pass through. The bridge was built without any land acquisition. With the completion of the bridge, it will be possible to travel on this section of the NH without any traffic signal breaks. The Chief Minister said that the Kundannur flyover will solve the traffic congestion in Ernakulam city to a great extent.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that 2.50 lakh houses have been completed as part of the Life mission and ten lakh people have benefited from this. Efforts are underway to complete the remaining houses. The government aims to eradicate poverty and various schemes are being formulated and implemented for this purpose. Welfare pensions have been increased to Rs. 1,500 and new projects have also been launched in the agricultural sector. This is going to change the way people earn their living.