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Old August 18th, 2017, 06:59 AM   #12841
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At the site where Heera's corporate office was planned (Women's college junction, vazhuthacaud), there is a new hoarding from Sunrise infrastructure & projects (based in Chennai/Vadodara). Not sure what is coming up there, may be some apartment complex. Since I believe Heera is plunging into loss, they can't bear a better office complex there.
That hoarding is there from a long time i think there are no plans to construct anything there.
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Old August 18th, 2017, 12:44 PM   #12842
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It is a painful sight when you look at the erstwhile FORT MANOR. If the owner is a defaulter, why cant they auction the place, so that it develops!!!
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Old August 18th, 2017, 02:20 PM   #12843
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It is a painful sight when you look at the erstwhile FORT MANOR. If the owner is a defaulter, why cant they auction the place, so that it develops!!!
May be that building has some legal issues with it and nobody wants to take over it..See the fate of ksrtc terminal at Thampanoor..such a prime area is wasted there without any use
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Old August 19th, 2017, 01:57 PM   #12844
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Hijack Alert
As TVMites are aware, Allopathic Dispensaries under Central Government Health Scheme [CGHS] are functioning at Kesavadasapuram, Sasthamangalam and Vanchiyoor since January 1996, which provide medical facilities for employees (serving & retired) and their family members. Ayurvedic and Homeopathic units also have since functional under CGHS in the city.

A report in the Mathrubhumi [Kannur edition ] dated 8th August 2017 [http://digitalpaper.mathrubhumi.com/...nur/08-August- 2017#page/2] inter alia mentions that Kerala Government has asked Union Health Ministry to start a new CGHS dispensary at Kannur either by setting up a new unit there or by shifting one of the units presently functioning in TVM! As per the report, there are bright chances of a unit being set up at Kannur before long.

While no one takes exception to the Kerala Government’s demand for a CGHS dispensary at Kannur, it should not be at the cost of Trivandrum. The three units functioning now are inadequate to cater to the present needs of the CGHS beneficiaries in the city. Rather, more such dispensaries need to be opened at other locations in TVM! In any case, it is high time to halt moves to hijack any thing and every thing out of TVM at flimsy excuses.

TVM has already lost so many Central and State Government offices / facilities over the years through hijacks. In the backdrop of other such relentless covert and overt attempts, [eg. RLY Divisional HQs, IT units etc], such mischievous moves need to be opposed strongly and nipped in the bud itself. Hopefully, someone stationed in TVM will, through an RTI application, seek the justifications advanced by the Kerala Govt. in its proposal to Union Health Ministry. Any Forumer having personal contacts with OR /SG may like bring this to their notice so as to forestall any possible shifting from TVM.

As CM and Health Minister both hail from Kannur, it is not difficult to figure out the forces behind such a mean proposal. This is a telling example that narrow mindedness, regionalism and parochialism have become the only hallmarks of this outfit which promised to set right every thing in the State in its 2016 Assembly Election campaign[ ellam sari akki tharam]!

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Old August 19th, 2017, 02:20 PM   #12845
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New Metro Rail Policy

Introduction:

This is the first such policy prepared by the union since metro rail operations began in Delhi in 2002
Presently, metro projects with a total length of 370 kms are operational in 8 cities across the country.
These cities includes Delhi (217 km), Bengaluru (42.30 kms), Kolkata (27.39 kms), Chennai (27.36 kms), Kochi (13.30 kms), Mumbai (Metro Line 1-11.40 km, Mono Rail Phase 1-9.0 km), Jaipur-9.00 kms and Gurugram (Rapid Metro-1.60 km).
Metro Projects with a total length of 537 kms are in progress in 13 cities including the eight mentioned above.
New cities acquiring metro services are; Hyderabad (71 kms), Nagpur (38 kms), Ahmedabad (36 kms), Pune (31.25 kms) and Lucknow (23 kms).

Metro projects with a total length of 595 kms in 13 cities including 10 new cities are at various stages of planning and appraisal. These are; Delhi Metro Phase IV- 103.93 km, Delhi & NCR-21.10 km, Vijayawada-26.03 km, Visakhapatnam-42.55 km, Bhopal-27.87 km, Indore-31.55 km, Kochi Metro Phase II-11.20 km, Greater Chandigarh Region Metro Project-37.56 km, Patna-27.88 km, Guwahati-61 km, Varanasi-29.24 km, Thiruvananthapuram & Kozhikode (Light Rail Transport)-35.12 km and Chennai Phase II-107.50 km

Key highlights of the new policy:

The policy evaluates all modes of mass transit like BRTC(Bus Rapid Transit System), Light Rail Transit, Tramway mandatory before going ahead with cost intensive metro projects
The policy makes it mandatory for state governments to set up a unified metropolitan transport authority for preparing a comprehensive mobility plan for the city.
The policy mandates Transit Oriented Development (TOD) to promote compact and dense urban development along metro corridors.
The policy also noted that states would also be required to enable low-cost debt capital through an issuance of corporate bonds for metro projects.
The new policy promises to open a door for private investments across the country.
It also stipulates rigorous project evaluation by a third party.
States are required to adopt innovative mechanisms like ‘value capture financing’ and ‘betterment levy’ to channelized resources for the project.
The policy stipulates an increase in rate of return from the present 8% to 14%.
In cases where states opt for central aid of 10% of project cost, the centre will not concern itself with project execution.
The policy also emphasized that the every proposal for Metro Rail should include proposals for feeder systems that help to enlarge the catchment area of each metro station to at least 5km.
The policy also pointed out that the metro projects can be proposed only if it is found to be more cost effective as opposed to other transit projects like tramways, light rail transit, or bus raid transit system.
The cabinet has made public-private partnership (PPP) component mandatory for availing central assistance for new projects.
The new policy empowers states to make rules and regulations and to set up permanent Fare Fixation Authority for timely revision of fares.
The new policy also proposes an independent third party assessment by agencies to be identified by the government.
The policy stipulated a shift from the current ‘Financial Internal Rate of Return of 8% to ‘Economic Internal rate of return of 14 % for make metro projects in line with international practices.
Establishing Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) has been made mandatory which is to prepare Comprehensive Mobility Plans for cities for ensuring complete multi-model integration for optimal utilization of capacities.

The policy proposed three options to states for availing central assistance. Under all these three options, private participation is mandatory. These options includes:

Public-private partnership with central assistance under the Viability Gap Funding scheme of the Ministry of Finance
Grant by government under which 10% of the project cost will be given as lump sum central assistance
50:50 Equity sharing model between central and state governments.

Significance of new policy:

The policy is expected to promote Make-in-India’ initiative in metro rail projects.
The new policy will also help in meeting the metro rail aspirations of various cities.
Apart from financial returns, the policy lays emphasis on intangible benefits on the environment and safety fronts.
For approving the projects, the government will take into account an economic rate of return of 14 per cent instead of financial rate of return of 8%.
It will ensure financial viability of metro projects.
The policy seeks to change the face of mass transit system in urban centres and make private investments mandatory.
Inadequate availability and absence of last mile connectivity
The new policy will enable realization of growing metro rail aspirations of a large number of cities in a more responsible manner.
It will also help in employment generation.

Related statistics:

From 2014 to 2017, the Union urban development ministry sanctioned Rs 30,653.78 crore for metro rail projects, out of which only Rs 12,345.33 crore was released to companies overseeing them.
In the current fiscal year, the ministry has allocated around Rs 17,960 crore for metro rail companies, out of which Rs 4,650 had been spent till the first quarter ended June.
The figure stands for Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Delhi NCR.

Challenges in implementing new policy:

Limited resources and competing to meet increasing demand
Limitations of monitoring large number of projects by the centre.
Complementary modes, last mile connectivity and feeder services not completely developed.
Capital intensive-increased recourse to centre and state budgets.
There have been numerous road diversions, which are expected when large-scale project is underway.
So far, only eight metro projects in India have seen private sector participation. These three projects includes Mumbai, Gurugram, and Hyderbad, Kolkata, Kochi, Chennai, Jaipur, and Bengaluru.
Rests are joint ventures between the centre and state governments.
Metro development in India had remained a real estate play and was not a bankable revenue model.
Poor traffic management and dumping of construction materials and debris on roads and near construction sites.
There has been no improvement in the available infrastructure facilities.
Power cuts are frequent in summer and most states do not have a transformer facility available.
Most of the metro rail projects face problem of land acquisition at several points.
Slew of tunnels and bridges pose engineering challenges.

What need to be done?

In order to make new policy successful there is need focus on:

For high-density populated cities infrastructure projects need to be constructed.
The returns from these projects need to be assessed considering environmental costs, equity costs and so on.
It is necessary to ensure that these projects are built on tight deadlines and cost control.
There is need for capacity enhancement, upgradation, and creation of new passenger and freight corridors.

Conclusion:

Government need to adopt much faster and efficient transportation system for successful implementation of new metro rail policy
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Old August 20th, 2017, 04:27 AM   #12846
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Old August 20th, 2017, 04:27 AM   #12847
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Old August 20th, 2017, 08:08 PM   #12848
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Traffic restriction in Kazhakoottam-Ulloor road from Saturday

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There will be traffic diversion in Kazhakoottam-Ulloor road due to re-tarring works in Pangappara-Ulloor stretch. The traffic diversion will be from 10 am to 10 pm from August 19-23.
The re-tarring work will be executed by NH wing of PWD. They have completed work from Managalapuram to Pangappara.
As per the statement issued by police assistant commissioner (Traffic), the vehicles coming from Kazhakoottam to Thiruvananthapuram must take Kazhakoottam-Kovalam Bypass Road.
Vehicles from Thiruvananthapuram to Attingal must take diversion from Ulloor and take Akkulam-Kuzhivila-Bypass-Kazhakoottam road. Vehicles moving to Pothencode must take Ulloor-Kesavadasapuram-Mannanthala-Poudikonam route.
There will be parking restriction in the stretch on these days. Vehicles which are parked in such a way that it cause disruption to movement of traffic will be towed away using recovery vehicles, police said in a statement.
Police has stated that driver or cleaner must be present in a parked vehicle. If vehicle is locked, the owner must display mobile numbers. Police has warned off serious action against violators.
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Old August 21st, 2017, 06:09 AM   #12849
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That hoarding is there from a long time i think there are no plans to construct anything there.
I am wrong.I could see some earth excavations already done there when i passed by that place on Sunday.May be some office space construction.
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Old August 21st, 2017, 06:12 AM   #12850
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It is a painful sight when you look at the erstwhile FORT MANOR. If the owner is a defaulter, why cant they auction the place, so that it develops!!!
Some cosmetic work is going in that building I think.I could see some parts of that building covered with green hoarding which they normally put for under construction buildings.
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Old August 22nd, 2017, 06:54 PM   #12851
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New master plan for capital envisages special urban design

Thiruvananthapuram: The new master plan to be formulated for the capital city will envisage a special urban design for Vizhinjam-Kazhakoottam corridor. The town planning department has been directed to come up with the design for this stretch following a meeting convened by LSG minister K T Jaleel last week.

It is for the first time the town planning department will take up a project to prepare an urban design for a particular stretch.

The urban design is being mooted for Vizhinjam-Kazhakootam corridor in the wake of spurt in development activities along the stretch and with an aim of developing satellite townships.

"The stretch has been witnessing unprecedented growth in terms of road, constructions and other facilities. With more infrastructure projects lined up, an urban design will be used to develop the corridor. We are also looking at developing these town places as satellite townships in the near future," said mayor V K Prasanth.

Officials with town planning said that the design will focus on specific standards in maintenance of streets and landscaping.
"The entire infrastructure along the corridor will bear a distinctive identity which would set it apart from the rest of the city. The design would also accommodate future infrastructure needs which would be posed by the developmental activities along the stretch," said a senior town planning official.

The by-pass corridor was earlier enlisted in spots for area-based development under the smart city project, however the stretch was voted out following public voting. GIS based master plan, which would be prepared for the city under AMRUT scheme, will be prepared following socio-economic survey and field surveys. Urban design has been included as an added feature for one stretch.

According to officials the urban design need not mean imposing development regulations like detailed town planning schemes. Beautification will be the focus, if required zoning controls will also be introduced in selected areas on the stretch, a town planning official said. A few years ago, there were suggestions to develop a design for Fort area but was dropped midway.
Meanwhile, the town planning department will conduct socio-economic survey covering a sample of 25,000 residents in the city. This is expected to take at least two months, officials said. LSG minister K T Jaleel has directed officials to expedite the conduct of the survey.

The corporation has already apprised the state government regarding the growing need for a new master plan covering the entire city.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/60164687.cms
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For those of us who have been anguished by the goings-on in Infosys, there is some good news. A Trivandrum-ite is most likely to be a replacement for Vishal Sikka.
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For those of us who have been anguished by the goings-on in Infosys, there is some good news. A Trivandrum-ite is most likely to be a replacement for Vishal Sikka.
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That's what is heard through the grapevine....fingers crossed!
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That's what is heard through the grapevine....fingers crossed!
http://www.firstpost.com/business/in...3-3963939.html

Chance for Nandan Nilekani as per this news
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