As coastal districts of Kerala face a serious threat of sea erosion during the monsoon season, the state government decided to sanction Rs 22.5 crore to fund urgent coastal protection measures.
The state Cabinet decided to carry out immediate measures for coastal protection in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts.
It was also decided to constitute District-level committees headed by Collectors to coordinate the emergency works. Local committees will also be constituted with representation from elected representatives in each areas.
In addition, a sum of Rs ten crore has been sanctioned from the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide assistance to bed-ridden patients and differently-abled persons who had lost their houses in last year’s floods. The fund made available by the UNDP would also be utilised for implementing the scheme.
A total of 7,300 families will get an additional assistance of Rs 25,000 each from the scheme.
Meanwhile, leaders of fishermen community urged the Kerala Government to take immediate steps for the rehabilitation of all the fishermen who lost their houses in sea erosion.
The government should work out rehabilitation packages suitable for each locality, National Fish Workers Forum general secretary T Peter, Kerala Swathantra Matsyathozhilali Federation state president Jakson Pollayil and federation general secretary V D Magindran said in a joint statement.