Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Birth of Kerala's First Metro City!

It's official! Kerala's largest city has just gotten even bigger.

With the Kerala High Court giving the green signal to merge five suburban panchayats with the Trivandrum Corporation, it has grown to over 100 wards with an estimated population of over 1.5 million. This means that Trivandrum has become the first official "metropolitan" corporation in Kerala, with a population of over 1 million. It has taken a long time for Kerala to have a real metro city, but we are here now and Trivandrum is set to scale more peaks in terms of its growth into a true world city over the coming years.

While pressing commitments towards my admission to MIT and a new idea that I am working on (stay tuned for updates on that, if it works out, it would lead to a major development for Trivandrum) have kept me from posting over the last couple of weeks, I plan to put one or more articles talking about how to plan for the world city of tomorrow, today. The bit of news above puts this subject in a more urgent perspective, I would say!

For the time being, welcome to a Metro!


  1. Good to hear that Trivandrum has become the first official metropolitan corporation in Kerala, with a population of over 1 million. Where did u get this statistics? Can u chk whats the population of Kochi? Is it more than Trivandrum? I hope this will help in opening the eyes of our politicians and bring in projects like metro, 100 feet ring roads, more flyovers among others for Trivandrum

  2. isn't russia also the largest country in the world? enittu enthu patti? ee Largest il oru kaaryam illa. look at your neighbours. you are nowhere near * kashtam.

  3. @ Vijay - The statistics have been out there for years now, but the mainstream media has chosen to ignore them. For example, in the Municipal elections of 2005, the Trivandrum Corporation had 750,000 registered voters. Factoring in the number of children and unregistered voters, we can arrive at a population of about 1 million in the 86 wards 5 years ago. The simple assertion that a 100 ward Corporation has a bigger population 5 years later is a no-brainer, don't you think?

    As of the last Census, the population of Kochi was about 25% less than Trivandrum, in fact, it lags behind Kozhikode.

    @ Sony - The taste of sour grapes is pretty sour, ain't it? Lol!

  4. It has also been mentioned by the Ex Trivandrum Mayor during the last corporation election time that Trivandrum is declared as only metro in Kerala and still it is the one and only authorised metro in Kerala.


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