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Road map for city’s development

Development agenda: Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty inaugurating ‘Vision 2030’, a seminar on the second master plan for the State capital region, in the city on Wednesday. –

Development agenda: Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty inaugurating ‘Vision 2030’, a seminar on the second master plan for the State capital region, in the city on Wednesday. –   | Photo Credit: Photo: S. Mahinsha

Special Correspondent

Vision 2030 lays stress on growth of suburban areas

Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Local Self-Government Paloli Mohammed Kutty said here on Wednesday that the government was planning to extend the boundaries of the capital city further by annexing neighbouring panchayats that had acquired urban features.

Delivering the inaugural address at Vision 2030, a seminar on the second master plan for the capital region organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority (Trida), he stressed to improve infrastructure in suburban areas.

He called on Trida to coordinate the development of neighbouring areas like Kazhakuttam, Kudappanakunnu, Vilappil, Pallichal, Venganoor and Vizhinjam.

The Minister said the government had approved a Rs.49.34-crore scheme to improve the transport system in the capital city.

Mass transport system

“A mass transport system estimated to cost Rs.300 crore is on the anvil. Simultaneously, the city Corporation is exploring the possibility of securing assistance from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission to purchase buses for the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation.”

Mr.Kutty urged Trida and the Corporation to develop parking lots in the city. He said the government would give priority to the development of a master plan for the capital.

He stressed the need to address the problems of the poor and the needy while formulating a development plan for the city.

“Housing, sanitation and drinking water supply should be thrust areas,” he said.

Minister for Law M.Vijayakumar presided over the function.

Trida chairman C.Ajaya Kumar highlighted the need to develop Nedumangad, Neyyatinkara, Varkala and Attingal municipalities as satellite townships.

Ring roads

He called for the development of ring roads to improve connectivity. Mr.Ajaya Kumar urged the government to create a separate authority to prepare the second master plan for the city.

In his address, Mayor C.Jayan Babu expressed concern over the reclamation of wetlands that had led to shortage of drinking water in many areas of the district.

He highlighted the need for tighter control on land use and construction of multi-storey apartment complexes. “Building rules must be amended to ensure that permits are issued only in places with adequate infrastructure,” he said.

The Mayor underlined the need for a mass transport system to resolve traffic congestion in the city.

The former Trida chairman P.K. Venugopal urged the government to create a separate inspectorate for enforcement of building rules and convert the Town and Country Planning Department into an advisory body.

Periodic revision

V.Sivankutty, MLA, called for periodic revision of the master plan to accommodate new projects and emerging priorities.

In his address, Kovalam MLA George Mercier urged the government to provide 1.5 acres near the international airport for the construction of a hangar by the Coast Guard for its Dornier aircraft used in rescue operations. He also called on the government to ensure that the proposed international ship building unit at Poovar did not deprive fishermen of their livelihood.

V.Surendran Pillai, MLA, Chief Town Planner Eapen Varghese, former CTP A.Kasthuri Rangan and Trida secretary B.Dileep Kumar also spoke.

Representatives of the Federation of Residents Associations, Thiruvananthapuram (FRAT); Thiruvananthapuram Residents Apex Council (TRAC); and the Environment and Development Initiatives, Thiruvananthapuram (EDIT) participated in the deliberations.

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