New Projects on the Cards for Thiruvananthapuram Infrastructure Development

The infrastructure development of Thiruvananthapuram city will soon head towards a new trajectory with a slew of projects set to take off under the Smart City and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) projects, as per news reports.

While fast-track projects like smart bus shelters, water kiosks, open gym, multi-level car parking, public bike sharing and others will be undertaken under the Smart City project, projects like urban transport programmes, open space/park, stormwater drainage programmes, drinking water projects and others will become part of the AMRUT project.

“The said projects will be undertaken in a time-bound manner. After initial hiccups, the Smart City project has finally entered into its implementation phase as the project management consultant has submitted an inception report for the implementation of 12 projects in the first phase. In the case of AMRUT, 51 projects worth Rs 357.50 crore will be undertaken, which will be completed within March 2020,” said an officer with the Town Planning Department.

According to the officer, of the 51 projects being planned under AMRUT project, technical sanction has been provided to 41  projects. While tender proceedings of 39 projects have been completed, 22 projects have moved towards the implementation phase. The 22 projects that will be undertaken include four drinking water projects, five sewerage projects, 11 stormwater drainage projects and one project each in urban transport and open space/park.

“A slight delay in the Smart City project had occurred. But it has now been sorted out as the project management consultant (PMC), a consortium comprising of IPE Global Limited and Delhi-based Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, has submitted an inception report with the corporation council regarding the fast track projects that will be undertaken in the first phase of Smart City,” adds the officer.

It was in June that the PMC had presented a preliminary assessment report with the city corporation. Upon presenting it, the corporation had asked it to carry out an existing situational analysis report, a feasibility study report and detailed project report on the fast track projects. The timeframe that has been allowed for the PMC to complete the said activities is three months.

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