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By 2031, Thiruvananthapuram will have a population of over 10.32 lakh, says M.L. Mahesh

When it comes to the future development of the Thiruvananthapuram city, experts in the field of town planning and architecture are clear that there will be growth beyond the present tangible city limits, though they differ in the specific geographies of development.

Though the Draft Thiruvananthapuram Master Plan released during late 2012 prepared by the Town and Country Planning Department has been shelved, it was a detailed study that examined the city’s demography and growth pattern and envisioned how the city might be in 2031. The plan perceives to have considered the trends in city population, which has been projected at 10.32 lakh in 2031 which also accommodates a floating population of another 2.06 lakh which is 20 per cent of the containable population.

The master plan zones the city limits into four. The core city (also CBD-Central Business District), which comprises of M.G. Road and the immediate adjoining areas is suggested only for a regulated development in future. The central city, which forms the immediate periphery of the core city has been suggested for a redevelopment and the outer third zone called as the city extension is suggested for an intensive development.

The last zone which is the city periphery and mostly green, is suggested to be maintained with conservative development to have a green girdle defining city limits.

The master plan confines the CBD to a very small area not to be touched by any development and proposes future development towards the north-west (Kazhakoottam) to south-east (Pappanamcode) corridor. This trend is to be continued considering the city’s development towards Neyyattinkara and beyond, which now earns more gravity owing to the on-going road widening. The proposed monorail is also along this stretch. Another probable development trend is along the south direction, from Palayam to Vizhinjam via Manacaud, Thiruvallam and Kovalam. This trend may overtake the NH-66 due to the proposed transhipment port. Other development corridors suggested are the M.C. Road via Mannanthala to Nedumangaudand another one to Peyad via Vattiyoorkavu. The master plan underlines the development of the city pertaining to the two major development centres, namely, Kazhakoottam and Vizhinjam. It also cites Chengottukonam as a potential area for future developments.

N. Mahesh, a notable architect and the craftsman behind many of the architectural splendours of the city who has also recently been appointed as the architectural advisor to the government has sharper observations when it comes to the city’s planning.

The present airport which occupies 850 acres caters to 2.8 million annually with 27,239 aircraft movements, as per 2012 data. With the kick-off of the Vizhinjam port and related business activities, the demand for air connectivity is expected to rise by 15 to 20 per cent annually and by 2025-30 5 million pax and 45,000 aircraft movements have to be addressed. Further expansion of the existing airport would not be possible then, he says. So the demand for a second airport would naturally arise, which he perceives to be either at Kallambalam, Navayikulamor Paripalli or to the west of Parassala. Another 200 acres of land may be required to facilitate a multimodal mobility hub facilitating the transhipment port, which he suggests to be between Parvathy Puthanar and Kochuveli Railway station, without abutting the NH, which may make the land acquisition dearer.

About 1,200 acres of land along the new Kazhakoottam – Venjaramoodu link is found to be suitable for a Knowledge City which can seat higher learning and research institutions. Another prospective corridor of development shall be the proposed highway of Kattakkada-Amboori-Ambasamudram-Tirunelveli via Singampatty Forest, which shortens the Thiruvananthapuram to Tirunelveli distance by 45km.

City’s growth has always been supplemented by big public projects, says V.S. Jayachandran, managing partner of mansions and a city development enthusiast. Jayachandran foresees Kattakkada and adjoining areas like Maranallur and Malayinkeezhu with great potential for its growth as a knowledge city as the place already holds a string of educational institutions. The opening up of the Kundamon Bridge has opened up the bottleneck for a free flow of traffic to Kattakkada, which is already a mega business centre where almost all major banks have their presence.



The master plan underlines the development of the city to two major centres, namely, Kazhakoottam and Vizhinjam.



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