Vision & Strategy


A vibrant & alluring capital city that is inclusive, safe & accessible and which respects its natural environment & celebrates its heritage & culture.


The five Strategic Pillars that lay the foundation for the Vision Statement are derived from City Profile, Citizen Engagement & SWOT analysis. Below are listed the key focus areas – Strategic Direction & Goals, that will support & build on the Vision.

Strategic Location and Connectivity

8th busiest airport in India.

The International Airport is considered an all-weather airport and is busiest in terms of international traffic.

Central Railway Station

is the largest railway station in Kerala in terms of passenger movement and an important rail hub in Southern Railway. There are direct rail connections to all major cities in India.


is one of the oldest state run public bus transport services in India. Daily scheduled distance is over 14,22,546 km

  • Administrative capital. located along the west coast (southernmost part of India)
  • Acts as a gateway to the Middle East and South Asian countries
  • Southern Air Command headquarters of the Indian Air Force
City Evolution & Identitiy
  • Derived from 'Thiru-Anantha-Puram' meaning The town of Lord Anantha
  • Marthanda Varna founded the princely state of Thiruvithamkoor with Thiruvananthapuram as the capital in 1745
  • Acted as trading post for spices, sandalwood and ivory during pre-colonial and colonial period
  • Municipality set up in 1920 and upgraded to Corporation in 1940
  • International tourist destination - Shri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Kovalam Beach
  • Hosts the Annual International Film Festival • Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station is located here
Area and Demography
  • 4,470 persons/sq.Km
    Average density
  • 1,088 to 1,000
    Sex ratio
  • 75,623 persons
    Slum population
  • 1,96,202 hhs, 4 persons/HH
    Households and average size
  • 86%
    Average literacy rate
  • 36%
    Work participation rate
  • 13.29% (1981-91), 3.25%
    (2001-11) Growth rate
Land Use Pattern

74.66 (1966) to 214.6 (2012)
Growth of the city

Land Use Area
(sq. km)
% As per URDPFI
120.34 56 40 -45%
2.53 1 3 - 4%
Public/Semi Public
27.86 13 10 - 12%
6.46 3 12 - 14%
1.82 1 8 - 10%
Arks & Open Space
0.54 0 18 - 20%
48.27 23 -
Water Bodies
5.18 2 -
214.60 100%  
Source: Draft Masterplan Report 2015
Basic Services
  • Water Supply
    Source: River Karamana
    Total supply/day: 174 MLD Distribution
    Network: 1500 km (83%)
    Tap connections: 1,91,845 (98%)

    Augmentation of treatment facilities.
    Replacement of old pipelines & aged water meters Rehabilitation of existing WTPs
    Augmentation of 24X7 WS (new areas) Smart meters for bulk consumers & revenue collection centres

    Source: TMC (2017)
  • Storm Water Drains
    Total coverage wrt roads: 119.78 km
    Flood prone areas: Thampanoor, East Fort, Chalai, Karamana, Manacaud, Thiruvailam, Ulloor, Vanchiyoor, Kumarapuram Attakulangara & Kannammoola

    Includes cleaning & desilting of the existing drains Rejuvenation of existing drains. Extension of the SWD network for uncovered area

    Canal cleaning & restoration
    PHASE 1(completed in 2015): 15.11 km
    Project cost: 20.45 cr
    PHASE 2(proposed) : Project cost.6.4 cr

    Source: TMC (2017)
  • Solid Waste Managment
    Current waste generation/day: 350 TPD
    Waste Composition: 60% Organic, 35%
    recyclable , 5% reject/inerf
    Proposed processing (on-going): 41.6% Waste
    handled at source, 35% recycled

    194 Comunity Aerobins distributed 50 flops plants and 19 OWLS installed


    Green Protocol toward Zero-Waste Event demonstrated at National games 2015

    Source: TMC (2017), Suchitwa Mossion (2015
  • Traffic and Transport
    Total Road Length: 1810Km
    Surfaced: 1227 km (68%)
    Unsurfaced: 583 km (32%)
    Total Footpath length: 112 km
    Public Transport Coverage: 77%
    KSRTC Buses: 114 (Intra-City), 586 (Inter-City)
    Private Buses: 110

    Source: CMP (2015), KSRTC (2017)
  • Severage and Sanitation
    Generation/day: 103 MLD
    UGD coverage: 42 wards of 100
    Treatment capacity: 107 MLD (58% used)
    Toilets: 28 Public, 5 Community, 2 Private and
    20+ She toilets

    Extension of sewerage network
    Rehabilation of old network & 5 MLD STP
    Pumping mains

    Source: TMC (2017)

  • Power Supply
    Peak demand: 3.72 MW Present supply: 3.95 MW Reduction in Outages: 50% Collection efficiency: 98.5%

    Installed 12nos Solar units (235 KW capacity)
    within the city. Additional 4 nos Solar units
    (90 KW) under implimentation

    Source: KSEB (2017)
  • Safety and Security
    Police Stations: 22 nos
    CCTV Cameras: 223 nos
    Responsive time : 4 -5 min

    I-SAFE app based alert system Pink patroling
    and pink beat vehicles 24/7 VANITA helpline


    Monthly Grevience readdresal forums

    STREET LIGHTS Coverage: 100 %
    Type: 74%
    Tubelights: 13% SV/MV

    Source: Traffic & City Police (2017)
  • Health
    City level Hospitals: 8 nos Key Hospitals: Regional Cancer center, Women
    & children Hospital, Mental Health Center

    20% of Kerala and 17% in Tiruvananthapuram: Very high in comparison to national avg. of 8%

Strategic Directions
  • Improving basic services
  • Streamlining service delivery & governance
  • Creating a well-connected, safe & accessible city centre
  • Re-densification with creative land-use
  • Celebrating & conserving historic & cultural assets
  • Leveraging educational institutions & tourism potential
  • Enabling disaster mitigation
  • Encouraging active living & healthy communities
  • Facilitating sustainable built & natural landscapes
  • Promoting diversity & fostering inclusiveness

Basic Services include water, sanitation and waste management. Emphasis is placed on equitable access to these urban basic services, especially for the poor. It promotes the development of clean, energy efficient, affordable, and human-centered design that can deliver better services to citizens, while at the same time make the most effective use of natural resources and cutting down on fossil fuel reliance and energy consumption.

GOAL 01: 100% coverage of 24x7 water supply & optimization of water usage through smart water network.

GOAL 02: 100% coverage of roadside storm water drains along with regular cleaning & maintenance of the major drains.

GOAL 03: Provide adequate public toilets in key public & commercial areas

GOAL 04: Ensure a clean city through integrated collection, transportation & management of solid waste.

GOAL 05: Improve service delivery of public utilities & services

Ensuring the delivery of services through enabling transparency and improving accountability

GOAL 07: Ensure open, accountable & responsible governance

GOAL 08: Improve inter-department co-ordination for services

Thiruvananthapuram City caters to a large district, city & tourist population, a majority of which frequent the city centre, travel to & from work, access healthcare, partake in tourism, entertainment & recreation. To ensure that residents & tourists can experience an increased quality of life, the city aims to improve mobility & connectivity through actions that will contribute to a safe, accessible & convenient transportation network that promotes green space in urban areas to make the city a more pleasant & accessible place to live & work.

A well balanced multi-modal transportation network facilitates the ability of people to move within, around, in & out of the city. Diversifying the methods by which people can get around is an important element of a healthy, sustainable & prosperous Thiruvananthapuram.

GOAL 09: Create better planned parking facilities

GOAL 10: Ensure encroachment free & continuous pathways/walkways

GOAL 11: Improve traffic discipline

GOAL 12: Make the city easily Navigable & Legible by all groups of people

GOAL 13: Promote & encourage a shift from Private vehicles to Public Transport

GOAL 14: Reduce traffic congestion & frequency of road accidents

GOAL 15: Create an atmosphere of being & feeling safe through surveillance & street lighting

GOAL 16: Enable a universally accessible & convenient transportation network

Maximizing and optimizing government land in the city centre through densification and housing varied activities and programs.

GOAL 17: Encourage a diverse land-use mix

GOAL 18: Plan, build & upgrade infrastructure to support growth & urban intensification.

Celebration of culture will be a catalyst for economic development, community engagement, participation, & social cohesion

GOAL 19: Create & re-adapt spaces to celebrate the city's cultural identity

GOAL 20: Restore & upgrade structures of historic importance

Developing expertise for local tourism businesses & hospitality services is central to optimizing the value of tourism in Thiruvananthapuram. Communities with rich cultural heritage & craft skills will be equipped with entrepreneurship & business management skills to assist them in growing their businesses & Thiruvananthapuram’s cultural attractions. The city aims to promote cultural & heritage tourism, together with local communities, by implementing community-inclusive business models.

GOAL 21: Expand & leverage the tourism, service industry & hospitality sectors

GOAL 22: Work with business & universities to support talent creation & innovation

p>By supporting and strengthening community-led disaster risk reduction actions and increasing institutional adaptive capacity, the city will support all of Thiruvananthapuram’s residents to better adapt to natural-human hazards and the increasing risks posed by climate change.

While identifying & planning for foreseeable risks is an important part of disaster risk reduction, we will also build resilience in our infrastructure so that they can withstand a range of shocks & stresses, even those that are unforeseen.

GOAL 23: Mitigate flooding via canals in core city areas

GOAL 24:Set up faster emergency response systems

We will work to promote & facilitate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, through infrastructure change & engagement with the community.

GOAL 25: Prevent the occurrence of mosquito-borne diseases

GOAL 26: Promote active living & getting outside

There is a growing importance for people & municipalities when it comes to protecting the environment & better understanding the impact & implications of environmental issues.

Acting now by preserving the natural environment, reducing our carbon footprint & building the city in an environmentally sound manner, will benefit future generations.

GOAL 27: Promote & Encourage environmentally friendly urbanization

This direction seeks to ensure that vulnerable groups have a voice & their needs are adequately addressed.

GOAL 28: Total Inclusion in the ABD area

GOAL 29: Advocate & develop varied & affordable housing

GOAL 30: Encourage & support a diversified city & community-based economy