Thiruvananthapuram

Master plan 2031 in the making

The first draft of a master plan for Thiruvananthapuram is expected to be submitted to the government by December 31.

The new Thiruvananthapuram master plan 2031 will be a document outlining the city's development agenda for the next 20 years, focussing on the land use pattern, traffic and transportation, infrastructure, solid waste management and sanitation, which will be revised every five years. A one-day workshop was convened here by the Corporation and the Town and Country Planning Department on Saturday to discuss the preparation of the plan.

Officials of various departments; Corporation councillors; chairpersons of standing committees; Corporation officials as well as members of the 19 working groups constituted for giving regional inputs on development issues, trends, area-specific development plans and projects for proposed master plan, took part in the workshop.

Mayor K. Chandrika, who inaugurated the workshop, said that a dynamic master plan which accommodated the development needs and goals had become very crucial for the capital city, which had expanded into 100 Corporation wards and was projected to develop as a metro.

Thiruvananthapuram had its first master plan in 1971. Though a revised plan was prepared in 1995, it was not approved by the government. In 2007, the plan was just updated. The new master plan 2031 was a renewed opportunity for the Corporation and planners to prepare a well-researched guideline on how the city should be in the next 20 years and it should address the issues and difficulties posed by the existing master plan, she said.

Chief Town Planner Eapen Verghese, addressing the workshop, said working groups should come up with proposals which will take into account regional peculiarities and impact of future developments. He said that master plan proposals had already been submitted by 49 agencies and departments to the Town Planning Department. The Town Planning Department made presentations explaining the current land use pattern, population statistics, connectivity, infrastructure, green belts etc. The proposals submitted by the working group on sanitation and solid waste management focused on at-source waste management, and resolution of the current issues at the Vilappilsala plant.

The capacity enhancement of the Vilappilsala plant, commissioning of the leachate treatment plant and sanitary landfill and tackling of the odour in the locality by re-engineering the composting process or setting up bio-filters were some of the proposals that came up. Strict imposition of the ban on plastic carry bags was also proposed.

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