Skyscraper City Forum banner
1 - 19 of 19 Posts

·
Trivandrum Tiger
Joined
·
1,472 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Yes.

Things are happening in a much faster way.

Barcelona has accepted Trivandrum as its cousin and we all feel that it is time now to start a detailed discussion on the collaborative activities between both these Cousin Cities.

Attached here is the news that appeared in the 'Arab News' daily, a leading news paper of the Middle East.

Cheers


 

·
C. S. Babu
Joined
·
1,305 Posts
Nice thread.

One area of cooperation would be exchange of town planners so that we could plan TVM developments. Would like the inclusion of Kollam city as well so as to develop a twin city.
 

·
Trivandrum Tiger
Joined
·
1,472 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Nice thread.

One area of cooperation would be exchange of town planners so that we could plan TVM developments. Would like the inclusion of Kollam city as well so as to develop a twin city.
Thanks.

Hope we can pool all the information in this regard over here.
 

·
Trivandrum Tiger
Joined
·
1,472 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Barcelonians need pictures of Trivandrum

Barcelonians need pictures of Trivandrum

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Barcelonians need pictures of Trivandrum

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The people of Barcelona, from the cousin city of Trivandrum are eagerly waiting for pictures of Trivandrum to be posted in the below thread.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...4#post40718454

Appreciate, if atleast few of us actively participate in this promotion & publicity programme.

We will also request them to post the beautiful pictures of Barcelona here.

My dear Folks, this is not spamming for sure.

Cheers
Jaleel
__________________
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,637 Posts
Not everyone will like what I am saying now.....but I can assure you all this is just to look good on paper...

How many of you in this forum know that Trivandrum is already a sister city of Galveston, Texas , a city just 50 miles south of Houston?? ( I am sure some ex-MPs managed a few free Houston trips on behalf of this)

http://www.webdigi.com/gtscsociety/home.asp

Mr. Tharoor managed to just get media hype over this....of course there will be some free trips in the name of cultural exchange...some Kathakali artists going there and some Catalonian Symphonic Orchestra members performing in Trv....

Let something on the lines of the Madrid-Barcelona High speed rail (2 hrs 38 minutes to cover a distance of 621 kms) come up in the city...then the partnership will be worth it...

Not that I am criticizing anyone, just making a point!!
 

·
Trivandrum Lobbyist
Joined
·
7,872 Posts
Jaleelji - Don't you think it is a bit early in the day to go all out with this? I would suggest that we wait till the initial exchange is over before we start a full-fledged thread. Ditto with going international with it. I mean till we get an official announcement from the Barcelona side, it may sound a bit half-baked to the people from there who have little knowledge about India and none about Dr. Tharoor or this initiative.

Killerk - I am working with Dr. Tharoor on this initiative. The previous twinning attempts - be it Galveston or West Ham - had ended up with naught mostly because there had been no structure to them nor any mechanism to monitor and guide the efforts. Also, there had been little or no high-level sponsorship, which is critical for this sort of initiative. We are trying to ensure that these mistakes are not repeated this time.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
2,795 Posts
Time to revive this thread

Cross posting from Projects Thread

Barcelona team member says city holds potential for waterfront development

Source :thehinduonline

Quote:

Spot study: Jose Antonio Acebillo (right) with Shashi Tharoor and Terma Ortiz (left) at the site of the collapsed tourist home at Thampanoor in the city on Wednesday.

Thiruvananthapuram: Jose Antonio Acebillo finds it difficult to come to terms with a city without a city square, boulevard or avenues to define its character.

At the end of a hectic day spent touring the city, the former chief architect of Barcelona and CEO of the Barcelona Regional Metropolitan Agency was still searching for something to fix the urban architectural identity of Kerala’s capital.

He is here as part of a three-member delegation to clear the ground for a twin city pact involving Barcelona and Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr.Acebillo feels that creating quality public spaces holds the key to improving the standard of urban life. A fantastic beach, a very good geography and rich environment are assets that can be used to transform Thiruvananthapuram, he says.
Urban planning

An eminent architect recognised for his role in urban planning and infrastructure development, Mr.Acebillo believes that waterfront development holds great potential for the city. He sees the need to increase interest in public spaces and improve relationship with the beach.

“Over the last 20 years, all major renovation works in cities across the world, East or West, have been focussed on improving the waterfront.”

Mr.Acebillo proposes the development of a promenade extending from a plaza at the city centre at Thampanoor to the beach over a distance of three or four kilometres, with public facilities like hotels, convention centres and cinemas on both sides. This, he explains, will help to fix the identity of the city. The plaza can be created by reorganising the bus terminal at Thampanoor. He envisions the creation of satellite hubs linked to the main avenue. Together, they will create a constellation of urban life.

He is confident that the public can be encouraged to become partners in urban development.

Mr.Acebillo said he would submit his proposal to Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor who has been instrumental in bringing the team from Barcelona to Thiruvananthapuram for the second round of discussions on the twin city programme.

He also sees Parvathy Puthanar Canal as a lifeline for Thiruvananthapuram. “A public-private partnership could be worked out for restoration of the canal and development of the waterfront.”

Mr.Acebillo who was involved in the design and construction of infrastructure for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics said Thiruvananthapuram could use the forthcoming National Games for a major transformation. “The games should be put at the centre of the city’s development plan.”

He says public spaces with ample pedestrian facilities are essential elements in a city. In the modern concept of urban planning, pedestrians, private vehicles and public transport enjoy equal priority. Encouraging people to walk contributes to lesser pollution and improves the health of the people.

Mr.Acebillo said he was surprised to find that the Technopark campus lacked even the basic green features like water and power saving devices and facilities to tap solar power.

He is accompanied by Josep Roca, director, international relations, Barcelona city council, and Terma Ortiz, Deputy Director.
 

·
C. S. Babu
Joined
·
1,305 Posts
BTW, where is the father of this thread, Jaleelikka ?

he's been missing for the past 4 months or so.

Name: Jaleel Malik
Age: 46
height: 175 cm ?

Kandumuttunnavar, aduthhulla moderator (Sudeeshettan)ariyikkuvan abhyarthikkunnu.:)
Yes, indeed we miss Jaleel's geographic commentary of TVM .. Pl come out of the hiding!!
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
2,795 Posts
X-posting from Vizhinjam thread

Vizhinjam project: MoU with Barcelona port likely
Tie-up for development of port best option: Minister

Minister holds talks with Barcelona port official

Port with multiple facilities mooted

Thiruvananthapuram: The Government of Kerala on Friday signalled its willingness to tie up with the provincial government of Catalonia in Spain for the development of an international deepwater container transhipment terminal and port at Vizhinjam near here.

Minister for Ports M. Vijayakumar, who held discussions with Jesus del Rio Mateu, Director General, International Trade, Port of Barcelona Authority here on Friday, said the State government was open to the idea of entering into a tie-up for the development of the port. “We have agreed in principle that a Government-to-Government MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) would be the best option for the project,” he told The Hindu.

Mr. Mateu's visit to Thiruvananthapuram follows discussions initiated by Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor with the Port Authority in Barcelona.

Mr. Vijayakumar said he would follow up today's discussions with a meeting to be held in New Delhi with the Spanish Ambassador to India. “Barcelona is one of the leading ports in the world today with considerable experience in handling cargo and other facilities. They have expressed willingness to cooperate with us in infrastructure development and operations.

“The nature of the tie-up will have to be worked out after detailed discussions.”

Asked whether the MoU route would signal a new approach for the project, the Minister said it would help avoid the complexities and delay involved in the bidding process that was twice aborted following litigation.

Mr. Mateus who arrived here on Wednesday, held discussions with officials of the Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited (VISL), the special purpose vehicle constituted for the project. He also visited the project site.

Addressing a press conference earlier in the day, Mr. Mateus said the Vizhinjam project held great potential for Kerala.

He, however, said the development of a port had to be seen in the light of its long- term benefits and its potential to create wealth at the local level. A transhipment terminal, he explained, would benefit only the operators.

“A port with multiple facilities such as cruise terminal, export and import, free zone and transhipment offers better scope for long-term development.

“The Government of Kerala will have to see Vizhinjam beyond a transhipment terminal,” he said.

The port of Barcelona is about 2,000 years old. The ninth biggest terminal in Europe, it handles 23 lakh containers every year.

It also features a free trade industrial park, shopping mall, multiplex and the largest aquarium in Europe. It has trade relations with 825 ports across the world.
Cheers!!!
 

·
Trivandrum Lobbyist
Joined
·
7,872 Posts
A quarter has past and no updates on this. will this realise??? or already in grave???
Nope, it is very much alive. In fact, the first Cultural Exchange program was held in Trivandrum showcasing a number of artistes from Barcelona a few weeks ago.

The actual City Cooperation Agreements would take some more time as the elections to the Municipal Corporation of Trivandrum are due shortly and such a momentous agreement would have to be signed by the incoming administration.

So I guess we will have to wait a couple of months more to get this really moving.
 
1 - 19 of 19 Posts
Top