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Development projects: forum warns of stir against `delay'

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MARCH 28. The Capital City Development Forum has warned of an agitation with the support of like-minded organisations if the Government does not take adequate steps to set up a High Court Bench in the capital, convert it into a metro city and construct a modern terminal for the international airport, among other things. Addressing a press conference here today, the forum chairman and CPI(M) district secretary, M. Vijayakumar, and the forum patron and Mayor, J. Chandra, said the Government had been ignoring the development projects being put forward for overall development of the capital. "There has been no response to the memoranda and petitions submitted in this regard. We are being dragged in to an agitation", Ms. Chandra said.

The forum has demanded that the State Government should include the 11 projects put forward by it in the Chief Minister's one-year action programme. It wanted the move to delink the panchayats that were merged into the city Corporation five years ago, to be abandoned. The Government should take steps to set up a metro city by adding Vizhinjam, Kudappanakkunnu and Vattiyoorkavu panchayats as the Centre would provide funds only for metro cities with a population of 10 lakhs.

The Government should take steps to start work on the second terminal for the international airport on the Chakka side. There was no justification for the `delay' in handing over the land acquired by the Government to the Airports Authority of India for the project and in calling a meeting of the Airport Development Committee.

Mr. Vijayakumar said the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, should lead a delegation to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to expedite the setting up of a High Court Bench in the capital. Mr. Chandy should take steps to provide land for the Bench in the Vanchiyoor court complex and inform the Union Government about it.

The Union Minister for Law had already said that the Government would set up the High Court Bench in the capital if land was provided. Steps should be taken to start functioning of the CBI Court that had been sanctioned by the Union Government and approved by the Registrar of the High Court, he said.

IT corridor

Welcoming the move to set up an Information Technology (IT)

corridor, the forum urged the Government to take steps to provide 100 acres of land on the side of the NH bypass for the Kazhakuttom-Kovalam IT corridor. The IT corridor would succeed only if it was declared a special economic zone, Mr. Vijayakumar said.

The other demands put forward by the forum include development of Vizhinjam port, setting up of a biotechnology park, second phase development of video park, starting an Indian Institute of Technology, AIMS centre, international ayurveda institute, metro rail, Poovar-Kovalam-East Fort-Beemapally--




Thenmala-Ponmudi-Neyyar Dam-Aruvikkara-Agasthya tourism hub, upgradation of LNCP into the regional centre of the Sports Authority of India and setting up of an international cricket stadium at Kudappanakkunnu.

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