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The seminar suggested the setting up of a civil station and mini civil stations at the peripheral areas of the city to coordinate the operations of various government offices. Participants called for relocating the Sub Jail to the Central Jail premises at Poojappura and setting up a city bus operating depot at the site currently housing the Sub Jail at Attakulangara.
The Central bus stand should be bifurcated into two, with NH-bound buses operating from Eenchakkal and services on the MC Road route originating from the Vikas Bhavan depot. The seminar proposed a one-way ring round system for traffic along the Rama Rao Lamp-Attakulangara route and the development of the Thampanoor-Vanross-Palayam Road as a parallel route. The Thampanoor-Housing Board- Spencer Junction Road should also be developed. Development of parking bays along the NH and MC Road was another major proposal.
Flood control activities and construction of sub-ways or overbridges for pedestrian crossing along the MG Road should be taken up and completed on a time-bound basis. Speakers called for relocating the Vanchi Poor Fund and Chitra Home from the heart of the city to the newly annexed wards from the neighbouring panchayats and constructing a business plaza in their place.
The Putharikandam Maidan should be ringed by trees and converted into a public park while the Gandhi Park grounds can be retained as a venue for public functions with modern stage facilities. The function proposed relocation of the flower market in Chalai to Attakulangara and construction of stalls to accommodate the hawkers in the congested Chalai market. The seminar stressed the need to improve the slums and bring the inhabitants into the social mainstream.
The participants also highlighted the need to clean up the Parvathy Puthanar canal and make it navigable, along with the development of parks and gardens along the banks. Amusement parks can be set up at Sankhumukhom, Veli and Aakulam.
The ponds and canals should be developed as resources for fish farming, drinking water and swimming centres. Maintenance of public parks with private participation, protection of heritage structures, modernisation of the drainage network, solid waste disposal facilities for hospitals and hotels and pay-and-use comfort stations were other recommendations.
The seminar proposed the setting up of a marketing centre for locally manufactured products at the World Market at Anayara. Participants underlined the need to put aside political differences and join hands for the all round development of the city.
The former Chief Minister, P.K. Vasudevan Nair, inaugurated the seminar. The RSP leader, K. Pankajakshan, N.A. Karim, the Deputy Mayor, Sujanapriyan, and the CPI district secretary, N. Aravindan, also spoke.
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