A slew of city-specific developmental programmes, including a commitment to start work on the Vizhinjam International Transshipment Terminal this year and a proposal to set up a mini zoo, form part of the Governor’s address presented in the Assembly on Friday.

Delivering the customary address, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj said an action plan for coastal shipping had been approved, and a legislation to set up a Maritime Board was being drafted. The government intended to start work on the Vizhinjam terminal during the current year. A maritime museum would be established at Valiathura.

A mini zoo would be established in the city to accommodate the surplus animals in the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo.

The government intended to carry out a sanitation survey for the rejuvenation of the Parvathy Puthanar, and proposed to initiate a programme to preserve the Veli-Akkulam lakes.

It proposed to construct a film festival complex to host the International Film Festival of Kerala and cultural events. A multipurpose cultural centre on the premises of the Tagore Theatre, the Governor said.

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