Focus on six sectors at one-day session
A seminar on the topic ‘Comprehensive development plan for Kozhikode-2031', held here on Saturday, suggested that Kunnamangalam grama panchayat should also be included in the master plan for the city.
Many speakers at the seminar said Kunnamanglam had already emerged as an educational hub with prestigious institutions like the Indian Institute of Management and the National Institute of Technology.
Several professional colleges had also come up in and around the grama panchayat.
Beypore, Elathur and Cheruvannur-Nallalam panchayats recently merged with the civic body, and the Kadalundi, Feroke, Ramanattukara and Olavanna panchayat areas, located just outside the city limits, have been included in the proposed master plan of the city.
Mayor M. Bhasksran inaugurated the seminar.
T.M. Vinod Kumar, retired Dean, Delhi School of Architecture, delivered the keynote address. Town Planner A.M. Jayan (development wing), gave an appraisal of the existing master plan. (The existing master plan was valid only till 2001 and covered an area of 111.9 sq.km and a population of 4.95 lakh.)
The one-day seminar witnessed group discussions on six sectors: agriculture, fishing and animal husbandry; industries and economic-base; transportation, infrastructure and energy; water supply, solid waste management and drainage; education, health and housing; tourism, heritage, watershed management and environment.
The master plan would come into force from June 2011 and would be legally binding for 20 years.
Participants said the new master plan needed to give focus on tapping the tourism potential of the city and preserving its heritage