A few months ago, some of you mentioned that my ideas - at least the sane ones - needed to be aired to the right people. Else they would remain mere ideas, at best a source of brief entertainment. That, of course, is not the whole idea behind this blog. In which case I would have tried to emulate the successful course laid down by my bosom buddy, BVN. Taking the idea behind this blog - to evolve and popularise ideas for urban development - to the next level, I have been engaged in getting some of the possibilities that we have discussed to the authorities.
In association with a bunch of maverick, far-sighted young professionals called the Trivandrum Development Front, I have started interacting with some of the people who make decisions which affect our daily lives within the center of power in Kerala - the Secretariat. One recent submission was a proposal to develop a monorail network in Trivandrum. The Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project has already initiated a study for an Integrated Urban Transport Project in Trivandrum. Our plan is to ensure that monorail technology, possibly the best option for Trivandrum, is included in the study.
The presentation that we submitted to the Chief Minister and Minister for Local Self Government is available here. It has been received pretty positively by the authorities, who to their credit, have called us for discussions with their consultants soon. I am hoping that those will be productive sessions where the aspirations of the citizen can be combined with the wisdom of the expert.
The engagement with the Government is an ongoing process and we are talking with the authorities about a portfolio of projects including the ITIR, JNNURM and Vizhinjam. Once the TDF website is up in a few days' time, more updates will be readily available. Stay tuned, folks. Hope to hear your views on the proposal soon, thanks in advance!