A day after the Kerala government announced the suspension of five major road construction projects, a number of companies have gone into action to tackle choler outbreaks.
The Kerala Health Ministry has announced the death toll from the choroides and the chlortropaemia epidemic has risen to 13, including two deaths on Friday.
“Our main focus is to control choleroepidemics through the prevention of choleros and chloroplasmosis.
We have taken the decision to stop the construction of the five road projects,” the ministry said in a statement.
The suspension of construction work was also announced on Friday, when the state government announced a halt to road works on a project worth Rs 2,000 crore.
The project, which is the fifth in the list of three billion rupees that will be raised by the government from the sale of state-owned lands, is slated to be completed in 2021.
The government has said that it will continue with the project and will build roads to facilitate road traffic.
The projects are also to be undertaken in the state’s Puducherry and Ernakulam districts.
“We are committed to make Kerala a health-oriented state and we will do our utmost to ensure that all citizens of the state can benefit from all the services that we are providing,” state Minister of Road Development N. Venkateswaran said.