Development of road corridors with parking lots, improvement of tourism infrastructure and water transport facilities, construction of flyovers and pedestrian subways, development of a new domestic terminal at the airport, creation of an electronic hub and IT corridor and upgradation of the educational and health facilities in the capital city are some of the major proposals in the perspective five year plan submitted to the government by the Trivandrum Residents Apex Council (TRAC).
The policy document was presented to Law Minister M. Vijayakumar on Wednesday at a reception given to the new councillors. TRAC general secretary K.T. Roy submitted the document to the Minister.
The report proposes an outer ring road originating at Mangalapuram and passing through Pothencode, Vembayam, Vattapara, Vazhayila, Nettayam, Balaramapuram and Venganoor up to Vizhinjam. It suggests a port-to-port road linking Vizhinjam to Tuticorin. A coastal road connecting Veli, Perumathura, Chirayinkeezh and Anchuthengu is another proposal.
The document highlights the potential of developing the Parvathy Puthanar canal for water transport to tourist destinations like Kovalam and Aakulam.
Construction of pedestrian over-bridges or subways at Statue, Medical College, East Fort and Thampanoor, a flyover from Pattom to Attakulangara to ease traffic congestion on the trunk route, car parking facilities at Statue and Ayurveda College junction, extension of the Sabari rail line to the city via Nedumangad are other recommendations. The document urges the government to take the initiative to launch more domestic and international flights from the city and acquire land for the Airports Authority of India to construct a new domestic terminal. The document calls for establishing an Indian Institute of Technology in the capital city as well as a Language University, Open University, veterinary college and a film institute.
Upgrading the Regional Cancer Centre and Mental Health Centre, Peroorkada as centres of excellence, a total ban on plastics, speedy acquisition of land for sewerage pumping stations, establishment of ward-level garbage treatment plants in the city and separate units for the four municipalities in the district and a National Ayurveda Research Institute and hospital at Neyyar are some of the major proposals made by TRAC to improve the health sector. The report urges the government to initiate discussions with the Defence Ministry to establish a sports centre near the Sainik School.