As per the reply given by Union minister of state for housing and urban affairs Kaushal Kishore in response to a question by Janardan Mishra MP on August 5 on ‘Kerala slum redevelopment in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram’, the status of Kochi is stated as detailed project report under preparation and of Thiruvananthapuram as work completed.
TOI has recently reported on how around 128 dengue deaths and nearly 2,000 cases recorded in 2017 were missing from the list of Kerala presented in the ongoing Lok Sabha session.
Officials with the city corporation said that they were unaware about how such an error happened in the document presented in Parliament. The work commencement at Rajaji Nagar was inaugurated in October 2020 by former LSG minister A C Moideen. The project was awarded to a firm in September 2020 and the work was expected to be completed in 24 months.
As per the latest status, the site could not be handed over to the firm due to a slew of issues. The beneficiaries had reportedly asked for enhanced monthly remuneration during the transit period. Besides, they have demanded dwelling units for every single family who presently reside together in a house. There have been demands about transit accommodation like the beneficiaries have asked for a location of their choice. All these factors have presently stalled the project.
Recently, the opposition had slammed the ruling council over inaccuracies in vehicle data shown in the annual administration report. The ruling council had to admit that they would look into the circumstances which led to staff furnishing contradictory data in administration report and in the reply to the Right to Information application.
Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCML) has prepared a master plan considering the entire 12.6acres at Rajaji Nagar settlement addressing all the prevailing issues. The greenfield development is intended to be implemented in three phases.
Phase-one of this project is development of 2.81 acres of land accommodating 248 dwelling units in eight number of G+3 buildings, eight livelihood centres, one community hall and green open spaces for recreation. All these eight blocks shall be connected to the main road by access roads with proper street lighting and stormwater drainage facilities.
Each dwelling unit will have a hall (living-cum dining area), two bedrooms (one bedroom with attached toilet), kitchen, two toilets and a balcony area. The area of each dwelling unit will be 586 sq ft.