The Pathanamthitta municipal limits will be declared the first waste-free civic are in the district on Thursday.

Pathanamthitta municipal Budget lays stress on waste disposal, solar power

Municipal vice-chairperson S. Rasheeda Beevi presented the annual budget of the Pathanamthitta municipality for 2013-’14 on Monday envisaging a revenue of Rs.27,67,95,532, expenditure of Rs.25,88,23,572, and a surplus of Rs.1,79,71,960.

A Rs.60-crore drinking water supply project with Central assistance was among the major budget proposals.

Action council to intensify agitation

Union Minister for Forests and Environment (MoEF) Jayanthi Natarajan has clarified that the Ministry has not given environmental clearance for the proposed airport project at Aranmula, said Kummanam Rajashekharan, chief patron of the Thiruvaranmula Paithruka Grama Karma Samiti (TPGKS). Addressing a press conference here on Friday, the samiti leader said the Union Minister had sent a letter (D.O No-51/2010-IA.III, dated January 31, 2013) to Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha,, categorically clarifying that “environmental clearance for the project has not been granted so far.”