Thiruvananthapuram | In a significant people- friendly measure, Congress-led UDF government in Kerala today decided to give house tax exemption for buildings up to 660 sq feet.
Talking to reporters after a cabinet meeting here, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said it was also decided to waive the hike in tax rate on buildings up to 2,000 sq feet.
It will come into effect from this year, Chandy added. The decision was taken after ruling UDF recommended to the government to rectify anomalies in the new house tax structure announced recently. The cabinet unanimously accepted the suggestion placed by the UDF.
Chandy said the cabinet approved the ‘Light Metro’ for cities of Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram.
It was also decided to sanction Rs 850 crore for road widening purposes connected with the Light Metro works in two cities. The Cabinet decided to permit district collectors to purchase private lands on negotiated basis for development purposes till rules were framed under the new Land Acquisition Bill of the Centre, he said.
It was to speed up land acquisition for works that came to standstill due to issues related to purchase of land.
Kannur Airport Authority was allowed to directly purchase 11.44 acres of land for the construction of runway for the Kannur Airport. The sanction was given in the wake of urgency in completing the runway work.
On other decisions, Chandy said sanction has been accorded for setting up a 200 MW solar park on 500 acres of land at Ambalathara Village in Kasaragod district.
A total of 53.38 cents of land with the Irrigation Department at Neduva village in Malappuram District will be given to Parapanangadi Grama Panchayat for the construction of indoor stadium on lease for a period of 30 years.
An amount of Rs. two crore has been sanctioned from the contingency fund for immediately starting the functioning of Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board that was formed as per the 2015 Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board ordinance.
Cabinet decided to post Justice (retd) T R Ramachandran Nair as the Chairman of the State Administrative Tribunal. Governor will be requested to approve the recommendation of the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court in this regard, he said.
Malabar Garden Society at Kozhikode, which is a Grant-in-Aid institution under the Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment, will be renamed as Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute of Plant Science and will be elevated to a research and development institution,he said.
A total of 77.1 acres of land from the 5.82 hectares with Government VHSS School under the Education department at Malayankizh in Thiruvananthapuram District will be handed over to the Industrial Training Department for constructing an ITI building.
The land will be transferred as per laws pertaining to transfer of land between two service departments, he said.
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