Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has sanctioned Rs 7.8 crore to comprehensively renovate the Valiathura fisheries school.
Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Excise K Babu , who inaugurated the specialty hospital in Valiathura, the first coastal specialty hospital in Kerala built by the Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation (KSCADC), said 5.5 acres of land has been identified in Mutathara to rehabilitate the homeless people staying in the school.
Babu noted that the government aims to implement a comprehensive housing project for the homeless in the coastal belt. “We have decided to build 100 flats in Adimalathura as part of government’s housing project and open the Mutathara Net Factory soon,” said the minister.
The newly-inaugurated, specialty hospital worth Rs 1.5 crore has OP and X-ray blocks, along with a conference hall and lab.
“Considering the health of women and children, we will transform the hospital into a gynecology and pediatric specialty hospital,” said Minister for Health, Family Welfare and Devaswom V S Sivakumar, who presided over the function.
He also noted that two mobile medical units will operate between Veli and Poonthura soon.
The government has also sanctioned Rs 54 lakh to implement the coastal skill development project for women, through the Society for Assistance to Fisherwomen in the coastal area.
Babu also inaugurated three anganwadis in Valiyathoppu, Kochuthoppu and Chithranagar with a total outlay of Rs 63 lakh along with the high mast lights in Valiathoppu and Cheriyathura worth Rs 13.58 lakh, as part of KSCADC’s model fishing village project.