The State government has accorded administrative sanction for a Rs.45-lakh tourism project, which is expected to give a facelift for the centuries-old Mishkal mosque and the adjoining Kuttichira pond in Kozhikode.
District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) Secretary P.G. Rajeev told The Hindu that the project was primarily aimed at improving the facilities for the pilgrim-tourists and history/heritage enthusiasts visiting the site every year.
Project cut short
Though the project was initially conceived for an estimated cost of Rs. 1.1cores, it had to be cut short to the present amount following a recommendation from the Tourism Department.
The entire project would be rearranged to fit in to the present budget retaining the basic requirements, said P.C. Rasheed, the consultant architect of the project.
The project, among other things, comprised landscaping and paving of vitrified tiles in the surrounding yards of the mosque, fixing seating arrangements and fancy lamps around the Kuttichira pond after sprucing up the entire area by setting up pergolas and other beautification methods.
The changes would be done without disturbing the normal life of the area. “Ensuring the basic facilities and comforts for visitors will be a priority are of the project,’ said Mr. Rasheed.
Submitted to the government through the DTPC a few months ago, the project was given the sanction only two weeks ago.
According to Mr. Rajeev, the DTPC had already requested the Tourism Ministry to quickly transfer the fund to speed up the implementation of the project.
“The Minister has promised us to do it without any delay,” said Mr. Rajeev.
Once the fund was transferred, the project would be handed over to an executing agency, most probably the Kerala State Nirmithi Kendra through a tender, he added.
A few years ago, major renovation work was done on the Mishkal mosque, which is believed to be constructed as early as 650 years ago, under a project proposed by the district administration and funded by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India (ONGC) under its schemes for conservation, renovation, and restoration of cultural and historical monuments.
The present work was expected to be completed in 12 months, said the DTPC secretary.
Courtesy :- The Hindu, 31st Dec, 2014
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Campaign Clean India) is a national level campaign by the Government of India covering 4041 statutory towns to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country.
India's biggest ever cleanliness drive in history, the campaign was officially flagged off on 2nd October 2014 at Raj Ghat, New Delhi by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. Almost 3 million government employees and schools and colleges students of India participated in this event which has been carried forward by people from all walks of life joining it.
The race of the Kozhikode North constituency to become the best organic farming Assembly segment in the State began with a seminar for different stakeholders of the project at the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for Girls, Nadakkavu here, on Wednesday.
Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan, in October last, had announced Rs.10 lakh for the best organic farming constituency in the State as part of the government’s efforts to promote the practice in all the constituencies, before Kerala would be declared a fully organic State by 2016.
“In fact, we stand a good chance since we have many active groups of organic farmers in different parts of the constituency,” he said.
More than 70 persons, including Corporation councillors, residents’ association representatives, and members of different organic farmers’ collectives, attended the seminar, which was aimed at providing an initial training for stakeholders. Retired Agriculture joint director P. Vikraman led the morning session. He dispelled their apprehensions and clarified doubts regarding the success of organic farming given urban constraints.
Courtesy : The Hindu, 7th May, 2015
The construction of the fifth and the final portion of Kozhikode Bypass is progressing apace and possibly it will be opened to public by December.
Minister for Public Works V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, who carried out an inspection of the ongoing works, said 65 per cent of the construction had been completed. Kozhikode Bypass will be the first National Highway in the country to be fully funded by the State government.
The total cost of the project is Rs.153 crore. About 70 per cent of the construction of two bridges across rivers Korappuzha and Purakkateri has been completed.
After completion, the Korappuzha bridge, whose length would be almost half a kilomtere, will be the longest bridge in north Kerala.
The work has not been affected in spite of the non availability of sand and other raw materials on various occasions. The commission of the entire Kozhikode Bypass will be completed before its allotted duration.
The length of the Korappuzha Bridge will be 445 m and Purakkatteri, 185 m.
In fact, the alignment of the 5.1-km road involving the construction of two bridges has been a major achievement.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy officially inaugurated the activities on September 1, and the Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS) was entrusted with the work.
The 28.12-km Kozhikode Bypass, forming part of the National Highway No.17, stretches from Vengalam to Idimuzhikkal.
It will pass through the eastern part of Kozhikode city via Chemmancherry, Thalakulathoor, Pooladikunnu, Vengeri, Nellikkode, Koottuli, Olavanna, Pantheerankavu, and Vazhayoor to reach the Ramanattukara grama panchayat.
The construction of the 23-km two-lane road (45m wide) from Idimuzhikkal to Pooladikunnu has already been completed.
The first stretch from Idimuzhikkal to Pantheerankkavu is 7.25 km; second, from Pantheerankkavu to Thondayad, is 6.17 km; third, from Thondayad to Malapparamba, 2.74 km, and fifth from Malapparamba to Pooladikunnu, 6.86 km.
Once completed, vehicles from northern Vadakara side could reach Calicut Airport and vice versa without entering the city.
At present, these are diverted at Pooladikunnu to reach the National Highway No.17.
The State government was forced to fund the road project, as it had found that the acquisition of land for the purpose under the National Highway Development Project got delayed.
Now, the construction has been envisaged under the Speed Kerala Project aimed at resolving the traffic congestion in many highways passing through major towns and cities.
Courtesy :- The Hindu, 16th June, 2015
As part of the plans to develop Kozhikode as an IT hub, Cyber Park, Kozhikode was incorporated. It is a Government of Kerala organization planned in the lines of Technopark at Thiruvananthapuram and Infopark in Kochi with an objective of development of investment in IT and ITES industries in the Malabar region of Kerala.
Situated at Nellikkode and Pantheerankavu villages of Kozhikode Taluk, near to Medical College at Chevayur the Cyber Park is 25 km away from Kozhikode International Airport and 10 km from the seaport. Many major companies have shown interest in starting their organizations in this IT Park which is expected to provide direct employment to 30000 IT professionals. The Cyber Park at present hosts several IT companies and conference as well as cafeteria facilities are also planned to be set up here.
Hundreds of billboards, hoardings, banners, and arches installed by private organisations and individuals, interrupting visibility of public roads, were removed in a one-day drive conducted by the special squads appointed by District Collector N. Prasanth on Wednesday.
The mass drive was organised as part of the week-long road safety observance in the district.
Officials from various departments took part in the drive.
The Road Safety Authority had circulated notices to remove all private hoardings and billboards unlawfully erected in public places.
The action was taken as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act. The earlier meetings of the Road Safety Authority had recommended the removal of all unauthorised hoardings.
The Collector had earlier held meetings with the representatives of various organisations to solicit their support for the drive and make people aware of the intention behind it. The Collectorate had also requested the cooperation of religious organisations to complete the drive.
Courtesy :- The Hindu, 11th June, 2015
Sarovaram bio-park in Kozhikode is an eco-friendly project meant for conservation of the wetlands through eco-friendly tourism interventions by sustainable methods. It also aimed at boosting tourism development in the Malabar region. Located in the heart of the city by the side of the NH Bypass between Eranjipalam and Baby Memorial Hospital Junction, the bio park is rich in mangrove species and is also a congenial habitat of various types of water birds and land birds. The bio-park consists of a Green Belt, the Canolly Canal, Active Recreation Zone, Kalipoika, Bird Sanctuary Area and Mangrove Bio Reserve.
The major components of the bio-park project include a canal walkway, boating facilities, Otter Park, Butterfly Park, bird sanctuary, aquarium, coracles, floating rafts, board-walk, park/ musical fountain, open air theatre, Interpretation centre etc.
The Mananchira–Vellimadukunnu Road Action Committee has urged the State government to speed up land acquisition for widening 8.2 km of the National Highway 212 passing through the city.
Committee president M.G.S. Narayanan, working President Mathew Kattikkana, and general secretary M.V. Vasudevan said that the government should immediately release Rs.25 crore for the purpose. The District Level Purchase Committee had completed its meetings with all stakeholders for acquiring land.
The amount of Rs.100 crore announced by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy should be included in the supplementary budget in February and the remaining sum in the annual State budget in March.
A delegation led by the committee submitted a memorandum to Finance Minister K.M. Mani in this regard. Kerala Congress (M) district president John Puthikuzhi and Kozhikode North Assembly president Shaju John were present.
They also requested the Minister to hasten the land acquisition procedures as the draft notification for the acquisition would expire in April.
Courtesy The Hindu Newspaper dated 23rd Nov 2014
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Various products and technologies for organic farming are on show at an agricultural fair which got off to a start at Jubilee Hall in Kozhikode on Wednesday.
Practical and cost-effective ways to promote organic vegetable farming among the urban populace is the focus of the agricultural fair which got off to a start at Jubilee Hall here on Wednesday.
The fair showcases different products, technologies, and literature which will help people take up organic farming.
From Japanese methods of organic farming using effective microorganisms (EM) to the very traditional Indian ways, the event displays a range of new materials and innovative methods for a farm enthusiast.
V. Sidhique, an organiser, says EM can be used for a variety of purposes including agriculture, animal husbandry, aquaculture, mushroom farming, horticulture, floriculture, and waste management. Different compositions of EM solution, appropriate for various activities and fields, are available at the fair.
A stall by ‘Green Allies,’ a city-based group which deals in organic products, has on offer a scheme to set up a backyard vegetable garden urban households. The group will provide technical assistance and support. Under the moderately priced scheme, a household will get 11 varieties of vegetable plants in 25 earthen pots. It includes okra, tomato, green chilly, spinaches, bitter gourd, and pumpkin.
“We will set up the entire garden and provide services for an year,” says Shikanth Kaniyath of Green Allies.
The fair also has a variety of stalls displaying planting material, organic fertilisers, honey products, and certified organic produces from Indian and foreign companies.
District Collector C.A. Latha inaugurated the four-day fair organised by Green Veg, a city-based collective of organic farming enthusiasts.
It is aimed at giving a boost to organic farming initiatives in the region, the organisers say. We are planning to hold demonstrations and classes on different farming methods. The use of mini-poly houses and vertical farming methods will be covered, Mr. Sidhique says. Those interested may contact: 99479 91428
Courtesy : The Hindu. 3rd Dec, 2014.
Passages to be electrified, cleaned, decorated with paintings
The subway at Palayam Junction which has been in a state of neglect by both the public and the authorities may soon get a facelift. The facility, which was much used in the initial years of its existence in the 80s, had become a haven for anti-social elements and beggars in the recent years.
The lights and other installations were stolen and it was reduced to a dirty passage. During monsoon, it used to get submerged by dirty water.
Though the Corporation authorities had handed over the facility to a Thiruvananthapuram-based agency, under the Blooming Calicut project, the subway remained deserted by passengers.
Wires, lights stolen
The agency, according to its proprietor Anil Kummannur, had invested a few lakh rupees in the past few years for the electrification of the facility. But it ‘went down the drain’ as the wires and other objects were stolen. “Nor did we get any substantial advertisements as the area became less appealing to advertisers due to the overcrowding of the area by banners and posters of political parties,” he said.
As per a BOT agreement, the agency will take care of the maintenance of the subway for 10 years from the revenue they collect from placing advertisements on all four entrances of the subway.
In a last ditch effort, the agency has, however, once again decided to give a facelift to the subway by painting the premises, electrifying the passages, keeping the area clean, and posting a security guard. “We are planning to hang some paintings on the walls so as to add to its appeal,” said Mr. Kummannur.
In a fortnight
The subway will be opened for public after cleaning and electrification work. “We expect the work to be completed by the second week of December,” he said.
Courtesy:- The Hindu, 2nd Dec, 2014.
The extensive cleaning drive as part of Mazhayethum Munpe , the pre-monsoon cleaning drive of the city Corporation, began on Wednesday.
Mayor A.K. Premajam inaugurated the drive on the Palayam bus stand premises. Massive cleaning activity was undertaken, primarily in the vegetable market at Palayam, as part of it.
The Corporation had requested the public to actively take part in the drive and they responded positively and took part wholeheartedly in the cleaning activities.
Vegetable vendors and other merchants in the market actively took part in the drive. They cleaned the drains in the market and rearranged the slabs covering them. The solid waste was disposed off using the vehicles provided by the Corporation.
Corporation councillors and health officials led massive cleaning activities in other parts of the city.
The cleaning of the Corporation Office premises is scheduled for May 29. The cleaning drive will conclude by May 31.
As the arrival of monsoon coincides with the reopening of schools, the Corporation has given special emphasis on the health of students. The schools authorities have been directed to provide clean drinking water to the students and also to ensure cleanliness on the school premises.
Special squads have been appointed to ensure that water tanks in the schools are clean. Efforts are being made to check the sale of harmful substances near schools. Sale of pickled and brined fruits and vegetables has been banned. Such eatables will be confiscated and the shop owners fined if they failed to adhere to the ban.
Courtesy : - The Hindu
The city is expected to attract big information technology (IT) investments with works on the government-owned Cyberpark fast progressing and the construction work on the UL Cyberpark’s IT building getting over.
This is third major IT facility established by the State government under the hub-and-spoke infrastructure model, after the Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram and Infopark in Kochi.
The construction of the park’s first building, with three lakh sq ft workspace, is almost complete and will be ready by the end of 2015. The building will have one lakh sq ft of plug-and-play facility and two lakh sq ft of warm shell space for companies.
The UL Cyberpark, promoted by the Uralungal Cooperative Society, is ready with the first building, a green initiative certified by LEED, a green building certification programme. The park is being developed as an IT and ITES Special Economic Zone.
Boost for IT sector
Minister for IT and Industries P.K. Kunhalikutty says, “with the Cyberpark at Kozhikode becoming operational, we expect to double the growth of the IT sector in the State.”
Courtesy : The Hindu, 30th Jan, 2015.
Green zone:Saplings ready for distribution to the public and educational institutions at the district nursery of the Social Forestry wing of the Forest Department in Kozhikode.
With the southwest monsoon round the corner, the Social Forestry wing of the Forest Department is all set to welcome the planting season with around 5 lakh tree saplings of over 30 varieties ready for distribution to the public.
The saplings will be distributed through various educational institutions, local bodies, and its own nurseries located at different ranges of the district forestry division.
“We have increased the number of saplings this year from 4.5 lakh to 5 lakh considering the greater requirement,” K.P. Udayakumar, assistant conservator of the Social Forestry Department, Kozhikode division, said.
The public distribution, scheduled to begin on May 26, will be carried out through different nurseries in three ranges under the Kozhikode division, i.e. Vadakara, Koyilandy, and Kozhikode. The distribution of saplings through educational institutions, including schools, will begin on May 28.
Medicinal plants too
The saplings include that of fruit-bearing and flowering trees, besides a variety of trees used for timber such as mahogany, Poovarasu , Kumizhu , and jackfruit tree. Fruit-bearing trees such as Nelli , Seethappazham , Njaval , guava, and Urumambazham are up for distribution, in addition to medicinal plants such as Aryaveppu , Koovalam , Manimaruthu , sandal, Neermaruthu , and Mandaram . The list includes Bamboo Aryaveppu , Ungu , Kanikkonna , and Kariveppu .
Nurseries under the Kozhikode range alone have readied around 2.5 lakh saplings of different varieties. P.T. Sreelekha, Forest Range Officer, Social Forestry, Kozhikode, said the saplings would be given free to educational institutions, while a subsidised rate would be charged from local bodies. The public could obtain the saplings from the nurseries under their respective ranges for a fixed price.
“The varieties are indigenous, locally grown, and suitable for planting anywhere in the State,” Ms. Sreelekha said.
Courtesy :- The Hindu 13th May 2015
MAY ALLAH ACCEPT YOUR GOOD DEEDS
FORGIVE YOUR MISTAKES
AND EASE THE SUFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE
EID MUBARAK TO ALL
Hundreds of people from different walks of life, including government officials, took part in the State-wide Run Kerala Run programme in the district on Tuesday organised as part of the upcoming National Games.
The mass run was organised in 614 centres. Representatives from socio-politico-cultural fields, along with school and college students, participted in the event. Minister for Social Justice and Panchayats M.K. Muneer flagged off the run at the main centre — the Kozhikode beach — at 10.30 a.m.
M.K. Raghavan, MP, read out the National Games pledge. The event began with the theme song penned by O.N.V. Kurup and composed by M. Jayachandran. Seven white pigeons and 2,000 balloons were flown into the air to herald the programme.
A bullet rally, cycle rally, roller skating, gymnastics, school band, and Shingari Melam spiced up the programme on the beach.
Mayor A.K, Premajam; A. Pradeepkumar, and Purushan Kadalundi, MLAs; Kozhikode district panchayat president Kanathil Jameela; District Collector C.A. Latha; Additional Director General of Police (North Zone) N. Shankar Reddy; City Police Commissioner A.V. George; Divisional Forest Officer Amandeep Kaur; Olympian V. Diju; national boxing star K. Anamika; film-maker V.M. Vinu; District Sports Council president K.J. Mathai; Public Relations Deputy Director T. Velayudan; and other participated.
Vehicles were banned on the road from the south beach to Gandhi Road- Beach Road junction from 9 a.m. till the completion of the event.
Courtesy :- The Hindu, 21st Jan, 2015.
Kozhikode is likely to be included in the Centre’s infrastructure development scheme, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), for 500 cities in the country.
The announcement will be made during the launch of three major new initiatives of the BJP-led Union government — Smart Cities Mission, AMRUT, and the Housing for All initiative, now rechristened Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) — by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday.
It is learnt that Kozhikode might not be included in the Smart Cities project as the civic body failed to meet the “City Challenge Competition” intended to link financing with the ability of the cities to achieve the mission objectives. As of now, only Kochi has been chosen from the State. “However, we are hopeful that Kozhikode will be chosen in the last round,” Mayor A.K. Premajam, told The Hindu over telephone from New Delhi.
Prof. Premajam, along with Corporation secretary B.K. Balaraj, is in the national capital to attend a two-day interaction on new urban initiatives. These include four sessions on Smart City development, AMRUT, PMAY and Swachh Bharat Mission. Mr. Modi is expected to address the 500 civic chiefs on the occasion.
Giving a fillip to the Mananchira-Vellimadukunnu road widening project, about 40 shopkeepers at the Malaparamba junction handed over their property deeds to the Revenue Department on Monday.
Vyapara Vyavasai Ekopana Samiti Eranhipalam-Malaparamba unit president V.M. Koya, and samiti general secretary C.P. Ratnakaran, and Shopkeepers Welfare Committee convener M.A. Prasad handed over the documents to Tahsildar (Land Acquisition) N. Ramla at the Collectorate here.
This follows a rehabilitation package worked out by District Collector N. Prasanth with the shopkeepers earlier.
Previously, the Revenue Department had decided to acquire land for the improvement of the Malaparamba junction, an intersection of highways 17 and 212, after it obtained the first tranche of Rs.25 crore two months ago.
The department decided to take this step, as a sum of Rs.340 crore is required to acquire almost 7.5 acres of land for widening the 8.4-km Mananchira-Vellimadukunnu stretch of NH 212 passing through the city.
Welcoming the development, the Mananchira-Vellimadukunnu Road Action Committee, which has been spearheading the project, said that Collector’s rehabilitation package was a model for the State government to be followed in such projects elsewhere.
The package should be implemented for the shopkeepers without further delay, committee president M.G.S Narayanan and working president Mathew Kattikkana, said.
On several occasions, the Revenue Department had to extend the deadline for eviction of shopkeepers at Malaparamba junction. Many had opposed the move, as they wanted the department to execute the package.
This was after the officials had carried out the verification of documents of plots and had signed agreements with the landowners.
The land rates had been fixed by the State government at the District-Level Purchase Committee and it was endorsed by the State-level Empowered Committee. But the Revenue Department initiated development of the stretch from IQRAA Hospital-ADM Bungalow with the first instalment from the State government. It was still awaiting financial sanction for the second tranche of Rs.25 crore, which was announced by Chief Secretary Jiji Thompson during his visit to the city last month.
Land to be acquired
The department needs to acquire 6,356 sq.m (1.57 acres) of land for improving the Malaparamba junction. But many landowners are at odds with the department on land rates.
In any case, the properties of those who refused to hand over their land will be taken over by the government under the Land Acquisition Act, officials said.
HAPPY HOLI TO ALL
Like Diwali, Holi is also a festival of the Hindus, It is a very important festival. It falls in the month of March. It marks the beginning of the Spring season.
It is celebrated in many parts of India, but especially in the north of India. The festival is celebrated for two to three days. People pour colored water on each other and cook many types of sweets and other food. Holi is celebrated in spring because it is welcoming spring. They believe spring is full of colours so they throw coloured water on each other.
The festival is celebrated for five days. The 5th day Rang Panchmi marks the closing day of Holi festival
As enthusiasts are aware, birds are most active early in the morning. The best time to watch them is between 6 and 9, with a peak in activity in between. Morning walkers spot many species in their backyard.
What makes for a bird-friendly city? The online journal Nature of Cities, which has several trained specialist contributors, makes the following points: City planning must factor in biodiversity and conservation, bird baths and feeding areas, along with specific plant and tree species to attract birds. Cities without suitable vegetation and water bodies are bereft of birds.
On the other hand, birds in cities are affected by the presence of free-roaming cats, large glass windows without glazing, a lot of lighting and steadily glowing red lamps.
Courtesy :- The Hindu