Puthur Mall Work Under Smart Cities Mission Drags On In Trichy, ET RealEstate

June 24, 2023

TRICHY: The construction of an air-conditioned mall in Puthur under the smart cities mission is progressing at a snail’s pace.

With the Trichy Corporation completing only 60% of the civil work, the timely commissioning of the project seems to be an uphill task as funding under the smart cities programme is set to cease by March 2023.

As per the design, the Rs 20.20-crore mall will have three floors with the basement earmarked for parking. Out of the three floors, structural work was completed only on the first floor. The construction on two more floors are pending, and electrical works, façade development will take more time.

This has raised doubts whether the project could be commissioned before the fund lapses. The mall was designed to have a 1.06 lakh square feet built-up area including office space, commercial outlets, food courts and movie halls on the third floor.

The delay in commissioning the project fails to support the liveability parameters of the city, which is crucial to attract investments in the IT sector.

“Airconditioned malls and multiplexes are considered basic infrastructure needed to satisfy entertainment and leisure needs in Tier-I cities. It is unfortunate that the mall project is getting delayed,” N Manivannan, member, Trichy Intra-City Development Endeavours (TIDES), said.

Capitalising on the demand, private mall projects have come up along the Trichy-Chennai NH and near the international airport.

“Shortage of raw materials during the Covid-19 pandemic and fund crunch were stated as reasons for the delay. We have told the contractors to expedite the pending work before March 2023,” a senior corporation official said.

Preliminary work on the mall was launched in December 2019. The major work on the mall commenced in October 2020.

  • Published On Oct 10, 2022 at 02:00 PM IST

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