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Forum accuses Chandy of scuttling projects

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`Government dragging its feet on development projects'


  • Committees constituted for city development in a limbo
  • Several projects diverted to other cities
  • Chandy should come clean on status of pending projects

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Capital City Development Forum has accused Chief Minister Oommen Chandy of raising false claims to hoodwink the people and torpedo the development of Thiruvananthapuram.

    Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Chirayinkeezh MP Varkala Radhakrishnan, CPI(M) district secretary M.Vijayakumar, Mayor C. Jayan Babu and other Forum leaders rubbished Mr. Chandy's statement that the Central Government had declared Technopark as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

    They wanted to know why the Government had chosen to remain silent on Technopark while declaring SEZ status for Infopark in Kochi.

    The Forum charged the State Government with dragging its feet on 10 major development projects for the city, including the proposals for a High Court Bench, Railway Zone, IT corridor, Vizhinjam container hub, Metro Rail, IIT, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, international convention centre at Aakulam, international airport terminal and a Central assistance package for development of urban facilities in the capital city.

    According to the Forum leaders, various committees constituted by the Government for the development of the capital city were in a limbo. The high- power committee headed by the Chief Minister, the Cabinet sub-committee chaired by the Public Works Minister and the empowered committee of officials under the Chief Secretary have not been meeting regularly, they observed.

    Mr. Radhakrishnan said the Government was guilty of criminal negligence in handling the long-standing demand for a High Court Bench in Thiruvananthapuram.

    He alleged that the Government was resorting to dilatory tactics by sending the concerned file to the President instead of the Prime Minister.

    Mr. Vijayakumar urged the Chief Minister to reveal the reasons behind the delay in starting work on the new terminal for the international airport. He also urged Mr. Chandy to disclose why the Government had failed to hand over 15 acres of land to Air-India for the proposed aircraft maintenance base.

    Mr. Vijayakumar said most of the development projects for the city were held up solely due to the lack of initiative on the part of the State Government. He said the Oommen Chandy regime had failed to follow up the previous Government's efforts to construct a Metro Rail network in the capital. He doubted whether the Vizhinjam project would take off during the present Government's regime.

    The Forum leaders said the diversion of several projects like the IIT, Metro Rail, Biotechnology Park and the National Law University to other cities exposed the Government's hamhanded approach to the development of the State capital. They urged Mr.Chandy to come clean on the status of the pending projects.

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