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Friday, November 13, 2015
KOZHIKODE: Call it bureaucratic activism or publicity stunt, what matters to the public is that things are getting done. True to his word while taking charge as the temporary Mayor of Kozhikode Municipal Corporation just a week ago, District Collector N. Prashanth has managed to get the Kozhikode Corporation’s cultural centre at Anakkulam ready to be opened to the public, almost.
A major hurdle for the centre to be opened was its lack of power connection and a ‘no objection certificate’ from the fire department. The CPI (M)-led former council had completed the construction of the structure and had formally inaugurated it in May 2015. But its attempts to make it useful failed. The cultural leaders of Kozhikode had made repeated pleas to the Corporation to open the centre for the public.
Former Mayor A.K. Premajam had complained that it was the apathy of the officials at the Corporation that led to the delay despite the council’s repeated attempts.
However, the Collector, who had taken up the centre as part of his 14-point action plan over the two weeks in power as Mayor, took matters seriously.
He had given the officials an ultimatum to get the power connection before Deepavali and succeeded.
The civic body remitted Rs.32,750 to the KSEB sub office on Kozhikode Beach on Monday and the connection was granted at around 3.30 p.m. on the same day.
The cultural centre, a pet project of the council of 2005-2010 led by M. Bhaskaran, was envisaged as an exclusive spot for artistes to conduct various programmes and rehearsals. The centre, which was completed during the tenure of the council of 2010-15 at a cost of Rs.4 crore, consists of two halls to stage plays, rehearsal rooms, space to conduct demonstration classes and interactions and a library, besides a conference hall, VIP rooms and toilet blocks.
Author: Aabha Anoop
KOZHIKODE: Inspired by the success of their programme, Compassionate Kozhikode has identified Nov 13th as a World Food with Dignity Day.
Kozhikode District Administration in Kerala, South India, has launched an initiative called Compassionate Kozhikode where the focus is "Food with dignity".
The administration in partnership with the restaurants and hotels association and civil society has ensured that anyone can walk into any one of the hundred restaurants in the district with an approved coupon and have a meal free if they don't have the money to buy one.
Inspired by the success of the program, Compassionate Kozhikode has identified Nov 13 as a World Food with Dignity Day.
How it works…
Sulaimani is a rare blend of tea with lime and warmth. Operation Sulaimani ensures that no one in Kozhikode is denied food on account of an empty or even lost wallet.
Backers of the initiative feel that anyone has the right to food without answering a series of questions in a queue.
There are more than 25 'Sulaimani' Distribution centres in 14 zones of Kozhikode district that one can get coupons. The coupons can be exchanged for a good meal in more than 100 restaurants in the district. This initiative is run in partnership with and Hotel and Restaurants association and public support.
Many people who enjoy the taste of Kozhikode often remember to donate towards the project as well.
Anyone can collect a Sulaimani Coupon from one of the authorised distribution centres. Exchange this for a meal in one of the many hundred partner restaurants and have a hearty meal with dignity. No questions asked.
A donation box is kept at these restaurants for the public to contribute. Money from this collection is consistently collected by volunteers and deposited in a bank account managed by the Hotels & Restaurants Association. Any loss of revenue incurred by participating restaurants is absorbed through the system where they match the coupons collected by each restaurants and distribution centres.
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KOZHIKODE: District Collector N. Prasanth is on a mission to make the best use of his short stint on the Mayor’s chair.
Unsatisfied with the reports on various pending projects that he received from Corporation officials, the Collector, along with Corporation Secretary T.P. Satheeshan visited some of the places in question on Wednesday to get a clear picture of the situation.
Mr. Prasanth visited the Central Market at Palayam to inspect the state of the motor inside a well there, which is dysfunctional, only to discover that the power connection was cut off a few years ago due to faulty wiring and unsafe conditions.
Officials from Kerala State Electricity Board conducted an inspection at the spot and informed that the connection could be restored if proper wiring was done. “If the re-wiring turns out to be really costly, we need to wait for the council to take action on it. Otherwise, it can be completed fast”, the Collector said. Similar is the case with Anakkulam Cultural Centre, which has not been opened for public as there is no power connection, he said.
Meanwhile, the Corporation has already taken action to encash the bank guarantee of the agent who had defaulted by closing down the plastic recycling unit in West Hill, before the license expired. “Attempts will be made to find a government agency to take up the unit immediately, as this is a health issue”, the Collector said. As for the EMS Corporation Stadium, the parking area is water logged, which may affect the structural safety of the stadium. Hence, attempts are being made to get it back from the National Games authorities so that it could be prepared in time for the Sait Nagji tournament, the Collector added.
Author: Staff Reporter