Scheme to be mentored by Sam Pitroda
A high-speed rail corridor from Mangalapuram to Thiruvananthapuram, a knowledge city in the capital city, and a State-wide mobile phone-enabled health insurance scheme are among the 10-point ‘Vision 2030' for Kerala, a mega-scheme which will be mentored by Sam Pitroda the chairman of the National Innovation Council.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday along with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Mr. Pitroda said all the projects envisaged in Vision 2030 need not actually fructify. Even if half the schemes in the list get implemented, they would change the face of Kerala.
The biggest of all the projects in Vision 2030 is the high-speed rail corridor. This project alone would take a decade to materialise, he said.
Kerala's inland waterway system could be leveraged to put in place coastal freight navigation system. A large-scale shift in freight movement to boats or barges would reduce to a great extent the traffic congestion in the State's roads.
The knowledge city in Thiruvananthapuram would contain universities, including foreign universities, research laboratories and institutes, commercial and residential units, and cultural spaces.
The mobile-enabled health insurance scheme would utilise the State's high tele-density to roll out a comprehensive insurance scheme.
The premium for the same could be paid through the monthly mobile phone bill. Also in the offing is a scheme to make Kerala the Ayurveda capital of India.
Another Vision 2030 scheme is to establish modern waste treatment systems in all districts.
The goal of all these systems would be the generation of energy. The scheme to boost Kerala's traditional industries would target coir, cashew, and handloom. New technology, methodology, and tools would be ushered in to modernise traditional industries.
In order that the people are able to enjoy efficient delivery of government services, a scheme would be drawn up to computerise all levels of the government apparatus.
A scheme to connect all panchayats through a broadband internet system would also be fleshed out.
This would be used to impart vocational skills to unemployed youth.
Vision 2030 is also likely to feature a scheme to productively utilise — in schools and other social activities — the talents of retired government employees, Mr. Pitroda said.
The implementation of these schemes would take the public private participation (PPP) route. Domain experts would be asked to study each of these ideas and come up with feasibility reports on each, he said. Mr. Chandy told the press conference that Vision 2030 was being drawn up so that Kerala did not miss any more buses on the development front.