New initiative to unveil potential of 5 south districts of Kerala, TN as emerging economic powerhouse

Plan aims at evolving a comprehensive strategy to enhance air connectivity to and from the south districts of Kerala, TN

In a bid to seek and unveil the immense potential of the five southernmost districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu as an emerging economic powerhouse and evolve strategies to enhance the air connectivity to meet the future growth of the region, chief executives of Indian and international airlines and local industry bodies in the Kerala capital are joining hands.

This will be the first time such an initiative is being lined up. Organised by Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) here, top officials of 30-plus airlines, including Air India, Indigo, SpiceJet, Vistara, Jet Airways, Air India Express, Emirates, Lufthansa, Air Arabia, Flydubai, Air Asia, Qatar Airways, SriLankan Airways, Maldivian Airlines, Scoot and Akasa Air, will attend the ‘TVM and Connectivity Summit’ in Thiruvananthapuram.

Dr Shashi Tharoor MP will chair the one-day Trivandrum Airlines Summit, which is primarily aimed at evolving a comprehensive strategy to enhance air connectivity to and from the State Capital Region (SCR).  Co-hosted by Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Trivandrum Agenda Task Force (TATF) and Awake Trivandrum, the summit will be held on September 2.

South districts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu brisk with economic activity

The southern tip of India is brisk with economic activity, and is already on the cusp of a fast-paced transformation driven by ongoing big-ticket infrastructure Projects. Focus on the summit will be the State Capital Region (SCR) – Thiruvananthapuram, along with Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts, Southern Tamil Nadu comprising Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli, which together hold immense potential cutting across domains,” Dr Tharoor said.

Noting that connectivity is a big challenge in the southern region, the MP said Thiruvananthapuram is a saleable proposition considering its tourism and travel opportunities. State Ministers, Members of Parliament from the region, top bureaucrats, business leaders, industry bodies, and prominent citizenry are among the select invitees.

Connectivity summit of this kind a first in the country

Increased connectivity is inevitable to realise the true potential that the 78-km-long Outer Area Growth Corridor (OAGC), next phase development of Technopark, creation of a Knowledge Economy through Life Sciences Park and International Virology Institute, opening of large commercial outlets like those of Lulu Mall and Taurus, and Vizhinjam International Motherport, among others according to S N Raghuchandran Nair, President of TCCI.

Adding that this is the first time industry and citizens come together to organise a connectivity summit in the country, he added that this would be just a beginning and more such activities will be conducted in future.

The proposed IT Park at Kanyakumari, ISRO’s new Satellite Launch Pad at Tirunelveli, Trivandrum-Tirunelveli Industrial Corridor, and the like are expected to boost traffic through the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. Kerala Tourism sector, which is in a revival mode, post-Covid 19, will add to the numbers.

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