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When old buildings make way for development

By T. Nandakumar

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 20 . On Monday night, when Ashraf finished downing the shutters of his hotel at Palayam, he paused to look back wistfully at the quaint tiled building which had housed his family's business for exactly half a century. Memories flooded his mind. It is only days before the building will be pulled down for the underpass project at Palayam.

For Ashraf, the day marking the 50th anniversary of the Hotel Taj is not one for celebration. He is busy making preparations to shift his establishment to a temporary shed provided by the Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority.

He says: "My father built up the family business from this rented building. It was Hassan Marikkar who inaugurated the hotel on December 20, 1954."

But he does not repent having to move out. "After all, the underpass is an ambitious project which will benefit the entire city. That is why the traders decided to cooperate with the authorities," he adds.

Opposite the road, the environment is hardly recognisable. The entire area around the Martyrs' column has been fenced off and the place is swarming with workers and machinery. The west half of the main road is closed to traffic and the old taxi stand shifted to the area in front of the Saphalyam complex.

Rehabilitation

The shops to be demolished for the project will be temporarily housed in the row of sheds built by TRIDA to the north of the Connemera market. According to the terms of the rehabilitation package, the traders will later be accommodated in the new commercial block which is currently under construction adjacent to the Saphalyam complex. The first phase of the underpass project includes the construction of a service road from the Panjappura Junction to Palayam after demolishing the shops on this stretch. The demolition work is scheduled to start later this week. The service road will have a width of 9.5 m, with a 2 m footpath at either end.

Race against time

PWD officials said a detailed time table was being drawn up for the underpass project. Construction teams will work round the clock in shifts to complete the work ahead of schedule. Though the Government has announced a six-month deadline, officials are confident of completing the project by May.

A project team leader said the construction site would feature a large display board on which each day would be marked off during the run up to the target date.

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