KOCHI: If things proceed as per plan, the upscale Panampilly Nagar locality here will soon get the tag of both residential and commercial status as the City Corporation Council submitted a resolution to the state government for listing the area as a ‘mixed use zone’. And it was the Council meeting on Thursday which took a decision in this regard.
“Further steps needed for this have to be taken by the state government,” said Mayor Soumini Jain while reading out the resolution before the Council. Incidentally, the move by the civic body came after the Kerala High Court directed the City Corporation and the GCDA to issue notices to 200 commercial establishments which didn’t possess a licence. And following the HC order, the Corporation issued closure notice to over 240 firms. The councilIors, on their part, urged the Corporation to provide parking facilities for the residents of the area. “Over 5,000 persons are directly and indirectly getting the benefits of the commercial buildings as also over 2,500 families. So while turning this area into a mixed zone the basic facilities for the residents should be ensured,” they said. Waste management, mosquito and stray dog menace, bad roads, cable lines, e-governance and Amruth Project also came up for discussion at the meet.