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#EnteThiruvananthapuram: Trivandrum city Corporation has started work on constructing a community hall-cum-shopping complex on its 22 cents of land which housed the old market at Kuravankonam. For this the authorities started demolishing the old buildings to pave way for construction from Tuesday onwards. According to sources, the construction of the building would cost around Rs.1.75 crore and it would be completed by end of next year. The poor conditioned women and child centre, the remaining portion of the old market, and the toilet block constructed using the MLA’s local area development fund will be demolished. But the Corporation’s existing shopping complex on the premises would be retained and merged with the new facility.
On Tuesday Mayor K. Chandrika and a team of officials inspected site and supervised the work .The ground floor and the first floor would have space to accommodate 15 shops each, along with space for office and the community hall will have space to accommodate around 1,000 people would be in the second floor. This project, is a long-pending demand of the residents of Kuravankonam, Nanthancode, and Kowdiar areas and the same project would be implemented with the help of the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP).The civic body had sought around Rs.75 lakh from KSUDP and the rest of the requirement would be met using Plan funds. Main aim of the project is to provide a facility where the local community could gather for various events and hold civic and family functions.
The rent for the community halls would be charged between Rs.10, 000 and Rs.12, 000 also the mandatory meetings of the ward could be held here once the facility came up. The community halls, besides helping the common man host functions at affordable rates, would help the civic body shore up its revenue. At present, there were 6 such halls under the control of corporation each fetched Rs.2 lakh to Rs.6 lakh annually.