The state government is zeroing in on prime plots along the Museum-Kowdiar heritage zone to construct buildings of various government departments by making required relaxations in detailed town planning (DTP) schemes and subject to permission from the art and heritage commission. Recently, the government has granted exemption for the proposed four-storeyed office building of Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) from the zoning regulations of DTP scheme for Museum-Kowdiar Avenue. KSDMA member secretary had approached the government seeking modification/dispensation from the zoning regulations. Based on the request, chief town planner (CTP) recommended that this construction would not affect the proposed road widening projects and that other office buildings have developed in this area. Modification was recommended for zoning regulations pertaining to park and open space zones, coverage limited to 15% and height of the building limited to seven meters. Based on this recommendation from the CTP, the government has issued an order granting exemption to the proposed KSDMA office building from the zoning regulations.
The order came with a condition that 10 times the permit fee shall be paid as scrutiny fee for layout approval and usage of plot. As per the master plan document, the objective of Museum-Kowdiar DTP scheme was to control developments that are likely to come up on either side of the road and to preserve the beauty of the avenue and premises. It was published in 1977. It was proposed in the scheme that the land zoned for park and open space (Akkamma Cheriyan Park, Trivandrum Tennis Club, Kowdiar Park area, etc.) and land zoned for public and semi-public use (Keltron compound near Vellayambalam Junction, Jalabhavan area, public office complex area and Trivandrum corporation office, etc.) shall be developed. Widening of roads from Vellayambalam Junction to Sasthamangalam (22m), Kowdiar to Kuravankonam (22m), Museum Junction to Nanthencode (18m), road to Devaswom Board (18m) and from Kowdiar to Jawahar Nagar (18m) were also included in the scheme. The recently-published master plan notes that the land proposed to be reserved for public and semi-public uses was achieved with the coming up of corresponding offices and institutions in such locations. Other land use proposals were also realized partially and the scheme area was developed according to the demand for development and satisfying the objective. The government has also issued an order giving permissive sanction to the commissioner (land revenue) for the construction of Revenue Bhavan in 40.47ares (100 cents) from the surplus land acquired from Kowdiar Palace at Peroorkada village. An extent of 52.63ares (130 cents) of land has been leased out to VSSC for the construction of APJ Abdul Kalam Knowledge Centre and Space Museum for 30 years. It has also been decided to use 30 cents of land for ONV Foundation and 50 cents to the camp office of the collector.
The government has granted exemption for the proposed four-storeyed office building of Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) from the zoning regulations of DTP scheme for Museum-Kowdiar Avenue.
The objective of Museum-Kowdiar DTP scheme was to control developments that are likely to come up on either side of the road and to preserve the beauty of the avenue and premises.
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