Thiruvananthapuram: The area around the Martyrs’ Column at Palayam in the city is undergoing a major facelift.
The traffic islands near the column are being landscaped with paved flooring, lawns and flowering shrubs.
The work is being implemented by Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Company Ltd. (TRDCL) under the City Roads Improvement Project. The company will maintain the facilities for 15 years under a contract with the government.
The walkway between the traffic islands has been paved with coloured tiles. The slab over the underpass that is used to organise small public events will be landscaped with turf and paving.
“The traffic islands are being covered with grass and the borders planted with flowering shrubs to prevent trampling by pedestrians. We hope to complete the work in two days,” a company official said.
The company has submitted a proposal to the government to renovate the perimeter of the Martyrs’ Column and create a boundary wall with granite pillars, wirecut bricks and black marble and terracotta or sandstone paving within. It has also proposed floodlighting of the premises.
“The idea is to develop the Martyrs’ Column as a recreation centre where citizens can converge to unwind in the evenings,” an official said.
He said the flower merchants at the Connemera Market had come forward to offer support for the project and help in maintaining the facilities.
“It is only because of their cooperation that the saplings planted along MG Road, from the VJT Hall junction to LMS, could be protected,” the official said.