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Kerala to seek Rs 528 cr from World Bank for road project

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An Ordinance will be promulgated to amend an earlier notification that made installation of `speed governors' in commercial vehicles mandatory.

Thiruvananthapuram , Oct. 5

THE State Government will seek financial assistance of Rs 528 crore from the World Bank to complete the Kerala State Transport project that envisages development of State highways and other important roads.

The Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, told newspersons after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the Cabinet resolved to go ahead with the project, as it did not make sense to abandon it mid-way.

The Government, however, will try to complete the work without incurring excess expenditure.

The Chief Minister said the Government had completed all statutory requirements for implementing the Centre's Right to Information Act - 2005 from October 12.

The General Administration Department will be the nodal agency for implementing the Act, while the heads of departments will be designated as "State public information officers." The Chief Secretary had been asked to examine the other details and further action will be taken based on his report.

Mr Chandy said there was provision in the Act to initiate punitive action against the officials who refused to part with information sought by citizens.

The Cabinet also decided to promulgate an Ordinance to amend an earlier notification that made installation of `speed governors' in commercial vehicles mandatory. The notification was issued based on court orders, the Chief Minister said.

He said it would not be practical to insist on fixing the speed governors in vehicles operating in Kerala, while vehicles coming from other States were not required to install the device.

The Cabinet decided to dismantle all crime squads under circle inspectors attached to police stations in the State. This had been prompted by the custodial death of a youth at a police station here recently.

The Chief Minister said the Government would not show any leniency to the police personnel involved in the incident. At the same time, it will not make a scapegoat of any personnel who had not done anything wrong.

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