Trivandrum Corp Approves Smart City Proposal! But Focus Only On Core Area Which Is Only 2.6% of the City!
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Finally, after much delay, Trivandrum Corporation approved the draft Smart City proposal unanimously last week. The draft includes various plans such as better public utilities, smart bus stops, efficient and diverse use of land, and projects to revive the cultural heritage of the capital city.
The Smartcity draft has been prepared with an objective of ‘a vibrant and alluring capital city that is inclusive, safe and accessible; and which respects its natural environment and celebrates its heritage and culture.’
The draft includes various plans such as better public utilities, smart bus stops, efficient and diverse use of land, and projects to revive the cultural heritage of the capital city.
The total project fund is Rs1,521.9 crore and 90% of the fund which is Rs1,369.8 crore has been allocated to the Area Based Development component, which will focus on the core city area, comprising the East Fort- Chala- Thampanoor- Chenkalchoola stretch. The projects are classified according to urban basic services, land-use efficiency, cultural identity and heritage, resilience and eco-friendliness, and socio-economic inclusiveness.
Moreover, existing public utilities will be improved and new services like smart bus stops embedded with features such as solar charging, digital information boards and WiFi, cycle sharing services, underground ducting of utilities, and drinking water fountains in key tourist areas will be provided.
Focus only on Core City Area
However, many Trivandrumites complained that Smart City Draft Proposal only concentrates on the core city area. Out of the 100 wards, Smart City will be implemented only in 9 wards, that is – 27, 28, 29, 43, 71, 80, 81, 82 and 83.
Out of the 100 wards, Smart City will be implemented only in 9 wards, that is – 27, 28, 29, 43, 71, 80, 81, 82 and 83.
While the area is the hub of transportation and commercial activities, as well as a major heritage and cultural centre, it only comprises 2.6% of the city’s total area, and houses only 5.6% of the total population. In other words, Smart City proposal focuses on further developing a relatively more developed area, while making a negligible allowance for the rest of the city.