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With Smart City, Major Self-Government Constituencies of Kerala Capital to Get Infrastructure Facelift

Thiruvananthapuram: The city is all set to receive a major facelift with Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited (SCTL) launching a number of infrastructure and public utility projects. Development projects include open gyms, information kiosks and mobility facilities in major local self-government constituencies in the city. A C Moideen, Minister for Local Self Government, launched the commencement of

Thiruvananthapuram: The city is all set to receive a major facelift with Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited (SCTL) launching a number of infrastructure and public utility projects. Development projects include open gyms, information kiosks and mobility facilities in major local self-government constituencies in the city. A C Moideen, Minister for Local Self Government, launched the commencement of work at an official function held at Mascot Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram on March 5.

Minister A C Moideen launched works as part of Smart City project with budget of
Rs. 1538 cr. on March 5th at Thiruvananthapuram

The total volume of the project is envisaged at Rs. 1538 cr. out of which the State and Central governments will contribute Rs. 500 cr. each. The city corporation will contribute Rs. 135.7 cr. and Rs. 142 cr. will be met through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

Speaking at the inauguration, the Minister assured that various government departments will work in tandem to facilitate the seamless implementation of the Smart City project. In 2017, Thiruvananthapuram topped the list of Smart Cities Mission organised by the central government.

The State had drawn flak following an inordinate delay in the implementation of the project. “There was some delay but now it is all sorted. We hope to work as a good team to complete the work within a stipulated period,” said P Bala Kiran IAS, CEO, SCTL.

The Smart Cities Mission Directorate in Thiruvananthapuram will open three gyms in Gandhi Park, Sree Chithira Thirunal Park and Sreekanteswaram Park. According to officials at SCTL, the location was chosen through a public survey program. Work on the gyms which, according to the officials, has already begun in the three locations will be completed at an expense of Rs. 31 lakh. More toilets will also be added to the public utility inventory of the city at an expense of Rs. 48 lakh. New toilet facilities will come up in six major locations in the city and SCTL will prioritise the upgradation of existing toilets. According to Bala Kiran IAS, the Mission Directorate will tender 40 projects by May 2019.

“We have completed the situation analysis of 32 projects in the last eight months. Feasibility reports of 18 out 43 schemes are ready and 10 tenders have been called for. We expect to issue a total of 40 tenders by May,” said Bala Kiran IAS.

SCTL is also awaiting technical sanction for Smart Road projects envisaged to be implemented at Chalai and Manaveeyam road in the city. “Smart City projects are those which are chosen by the people of the city,” he added. An installation integrated control centre for making the city more safe and development of Putharikandam grounds are also a part of the project. SCTL also plans to install solar rooftops in the city, popularising the use of clean and sustainable energy.

A multi-level parking facility at Thampanoor and smart bus shelters are the other major projects envisaged under the Smart City project. The city corporation will oversee the construction of smart bus shelters, which, according to V K Prasanth, Mayor, Thiruvananthapuram, tenders have already been issued and work will be completed within six months.

 

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