Expert panel suggest expansion of city to areas
He suggested development of new city centres such as Sakthan Nagar, Puzhakkal, Aswini junction and Mannuthy by expanding the city. The city should not be concentrated only in the Swaraj Round, he added.
The main suggestions of the study include relocation of wholesale market to new commercial areas like Sakthan Nagar.
“New city centres should be developed in western part of the city to release the heavy traffic in the old town areas. Thus, the charm and cultural values of the old heritage town can be recreated,” the architect noted. He also stressed the need to conserve culture and heritage of the city with proper guidelines. The team also called for a comprehensive study to identify areas to be preserved.
Building activities in the preservation zone should comply with the old fabric structure, including conservation of heritage buildings.
The study proposes an underpass from the inner ring of the Swaraj Round to the Sakthan stand to provide space for safer pedestrian movement. Other suggestions include more public toilets, resting spaces for porters, head load workers and bus shelters. The need for public spaces was stressed.
Source: The Hindu, 11th June 2015