KOCHI: Tripunithura MLA M. Swaraj and Ernakulam MLA Hibi Eden have promised to take immediate steps to address people's basic issues including drinking water scarcity, damaged and narrow roads and women safety. Attending a meet-the-press programme at the Ernakulam Press Club, the legislators listed out their priorities.
“A meeting of top officials will be convened soon to discuss the remedial measures to address the perennial issue of drinking water scarcity in Tripunithura and the near-by areas. Another priority topic is banning the unauthorised toll collection at many bridges in and around Tripunithura. Details of toll collection are being looked into," Mr Swaraj said.
Collection of toll in all bridges in and around Tripunithura has been a contentious issue and municipal authorities and the action council have staged series of protests against it. Toll collection is currently progressing at railway over bridge at S.N. Junction, Irumbanam and mini bypass.
"Since all roads in Tripunithura were constructed during the royal rule, development of the narrow roads will be given top priority. Effective waste management, conservation of backwaters will also be taken up," he added. On his part, Hibi Eden highlighted the need to complete the ongoing dream projects of the city like Kochi Metro Rail and LNG Terminal. "I hope, the state government will extend support to hasten the project progress and their timely completion," he said.
"Plans are afoot to initiate projects for women safety and to make Kochi a safe city for women. CCTV cameras will be installed at major places, with the support of civic body. Focus will be given to provide transport facilities at Thanthonnithuruth and Korankotta islands including construction of bridges," he said. Hibi pointed out the unscientific method of road construction for water logging and damaging of roads.