HOUSING


There has been tremendous activity in the housing front both in the public as well as private sectors. The Kerala State Housing Board is the main agency which implements a number of housing schemes, such as Maithri, Kairali and Rajiv One Million Housing Scheme.

The colonies constructed under various housing schemes in Thiruvananthapuram include Prasanth Nagar, Kowdiar Gardens, Vrindavan Gardens, Panditís Colony, PTP Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, Kalpaka Nagar, NCC Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Indira Nagar, Medical College, Seeveli Nagar, etc. The Board, with its headquarters at Chenkachoola, has two branch offices in the district, one at Nedumangad and the other at Neyyattinkara.

The Kerala State Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Development Corporation, Fisheries Department and Kerala State Co-operative Housing Federation are also engaged in the construction of houses for different sections of the public. In the heart of the city, large flats have been constructed to accommodate the slum dwellers.

ELECTRICITY

All the villages in the district have been electrified and power is available in every nook and corner. Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) divides the district into three circles namely; Transmission circle, Thiruvananthapuram city and Kattakkada, for administrative efficiency. There are 6,52,000 domestic consumers consuming 43% of the total power consumption of the district which account to 90 million units per month. The non-domestic consumption is higher by 57%.

Thiruvananthapuram district has one 220KV, nine 110KV and six 66KV electrical sub stations. The commissioning of one 400 KV substation is on the anvil. There are no hydro-electric power projects within the district.


Roads

The total length of roads under the Public Works Department in Thiruvananthapuram district is 1,864 kms, excluding roads maintained by the local bodies. The local bodies maintain 9,500 kms of which 6,100 kms are earthen, 400 kms tarred and 3,000 kms gravelled.

The N.H. 47 stretches from Kaliyikavila at the southern extremity to Paripally in the north, covering a distance of 80 kms, within the district. The State Highway (MC Road) covers a distance of 55 kms and passes through Kesavadasapuram, Vembayam, Venjaramood, Kilimanoor and Nilamel in the north.

Bridges

There are 124 bridges in Thiruvananthapuram district. Mavilakadavu, Amaravila, Mandapathinkadavu, Poovampara, Vamanapuram, Thiruvallom and Auvikkara are the major bridges.


WATER SUPPLY

†Intensive efforts have been made for providing drinking water not only to the urban dwellers but also to the rural folk. As a result, several water supply and augmentation schemes were started. The water supply schemes cover 83.86 per cent of the urban and 68.99 per cent of the rural population.

The main sources of water for distribution in the capital city are Peppara and Aruvikkara dams. At present, one hundred and twenty schemes are in operation for providing drinking water to the rural areas and five in urban areas. Seventy one rural water supply schemes and 12 urban water supply schemes are under implementation.

The present project area of JBIC aided water supply scheme covers Thiruvananthapuram city and six suburban panchayats having urban characteristics. The design population for the year 2021 is 9.39 lakhs and the ultimate water demand is 285 mld (million litres per day), of which the existing system supplies 203 mld. The present project constitutes augmentation by adding 42 mld. The emphasis of the project is, however, a comprehensive rehabilitation of the existing system.


 
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