Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Let's Shape the Future....

We have often discussed the need for a brand new Master Plan for Trivandrum which anticipates and accomodates the demand for the next 20 to 30 years. The plan currently in effect is nearly 30 years old!

In October 2008, prominent NGO's including TDF, EDIT, CCDF, FRAT and TRAC aproached Trivandrum Development Authority (TRIDA) with the urgent need for a new Master Plan. TRIDA was very receptive to the idea. After several rounds of discussions, it has been decided to conduct a comprehensive Seminar where the direction of growth of the city, the consequent demand for urban facilities and the strategy to cater to the growth will be discussed in detail by leading experts in the field as well as people's representatives including Ministers, MPs and MLAs. The Seminar, scheduled for January 28th and 29th, 2009, will aim to create a white paper that will form the foundation for the Master Plan for the Trivandrum Capital Region.

This is possibly the best chance in a long time for all of us to make a contribution to how our city will evolve in the years to come. Time to put our thoughts to good use!!

I am honored to be one of the speakers invited to speak at the seminar, where I will be presenting a look-ahead at how the IT and Knowledge Industries will develop in the Trivandrum Capital Region, on behalf of the Trivandrum Development Front.

Please chip in with all your valuable suggestions at the earliest. A dedicated page to the seminar has been launched on the TDF website. Please let us have all your suggestions by January 26th, so that we can collate and present them at the seminar. Looking forward to hearing from all your development stalwarts out there. Thanks in advance, folks!

(I have added a link to the idea submission page on the sidebar)

1 comment:

  1. hi Ajay

    Hope someone talks about the need for a mass transport system like a city rail/metro. This would be an impprtant element for the spatial development of the city. High-density living has never happened in trivandrum so far. The city need to brace for it with the creation of infrastrcture for energy, sewearge, water supply, acsolid waste management and mass transport. I it great that ur getting an opportnity. My suggestion is that you take case studoes of 1-2 cities in India and an international example to compare how the best cities have evolved and what need to be done (including an approach to increase civic sense).. thanks. Bangalore aspires to become another singapore ... what does trivandrum aspire to be should be the question that should raise in eryone's mind ?


Thanks for your comment, I will take a look at it and put it up at the earliest.