The draft master plan devised for the development of Thiruvananthapuram aims at leaving the core area of the city from being congested with further development. Availability of large chunks of land in the suburbs has led to the suggestion to relocate the Central Prison, Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) and the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) to Chenkottukonam.
“It was after conducting the Land Use Survey that the area was identified. A team has been working on the draft for the past five months,” said an officer attached to the Town Planning Department.
The idea behind relocating the Central Prison is to find space for a correctional centre plus industrial area for the inmates. The shifting of RCC and SCTIMST aims at facilitating more land for the development of the Medical College. Meanwhile, the shifting of the city zoo is not mentioned under the draft and the plan as of now is to leave it as a major open space in the city.
The draft will be discussed in a meeting to be convened by the Corporation and attended by the implementing officers of working groups, councillors and district-level heads of the departments.