With the furore over the construction of Valiyakulam-Zero Jetty road, near Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha, strengthening each passing day, former MP K. E. Ismail admitted to The Kochi Post that an amount of Rs.10 lakh was allotted for the construction during the time he was serving as a Rajya Sabha MP. It was reported earlier that a portion of the 982-m road leading to the Lake Palace resort, owned by Transport Minister Thomas Chandy, was constructed using the MP fund collected from Prof P. J. Kurien and K. E. Ismail. An amount of around Rs.28 lakh was also allotted by the Harbour Engineering Department which tarred the road.
“I guess an amount of Rs.10 lakh was allotted for the project after I received a request signed by the natives, seeking the allowance of MP fund for the road construction. I did not ponder much over it. The request stated that the natives were struggling to commute as they did not have a proper road to travel. Since it was about the local people’s matter of well being, I allowed the requested amount of money that time. I don’t remember much about it or further details like year of allowing the amount,” he said.
Ismail further said that he did not know Chandy at that time. “We know each other very well now. But that time when I received this request I did not know him. What we hear these days could be true, that he might have influenced the authorities to divert the fund. This is what happens nowadays,” he opined.