Author Archives: Ajay Prasad

About Ajay Prasad

Born: Dec 2nd 1980 Trivandrumite, Indian Ex-management consultant and now in the Real Estate Private Equity industry. Went to CET, IIM Calcutta and MIT. Happily married and shuttles between Cambridge, USA and Trivandrum, India.

Surf’s Up in Trivandrum – with Jonty Rhodes!

You might expect the world’s best fielder to over step on a cricket ground to be wearing whites or colors, on verdant grass, while showing his expertise in sports. Well no! Jonty Rhodes was clad in a black wet suit … Continue reading

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Bupkis – Trivandrum’s share (or the Lack of it) in the 2013 Kerala Budget

This year’s budget brought what it has for the last couple of years…..nothing! As we chronicle the tale of the neglect of the State Capital, let’s also look at a few suggestions how development projects could be budgeted in a … Continue reading

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Looking Back at 2012 – A Very Forgettable Year!

As 2012 finally drew to a close and 2013 dawns, we quickly review what happened and what did not among the key development initiatives proposed in and around Thiruvananthapuram. It’s not a pretty picture but we need to understand what … Continue reading

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Vizhinjam’s role in a South Indian Industrial Corridor

The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor has been making progress over the last year or so as land acquisition for the project’s core, the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, is nearing completion and nearly $10 Billion in funding has been tied up … Continue reading

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A Master Plan for Kovalam?

The Tourism Department has very belatedly proposed a master-plan to develop Kerala’s original and premier tourist destination, the famed beaches of Kovalam, with a view to foster planned and sustainable development over the next 30 years. Is there a sure … Continue reading

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A Mass Transportation Review of the Trivandrum Metro Region

As Trivandrum witnesses unprecedented growth and investments of over $4 Billion are underway in transportation infrastructure in and around the city, it is high time to ask whether we have a metropolitan transportation strategy for Kerala’s Capital? Issues, opportunities and … Continue reading

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Cabinet to Decide on Vizhinjam bid this Week

The Kerala Cabinet is scheduled to take decision on the bid submitted by the Welspun-Leighton consortium for the operation of the Vizhinjam deep water port and container transshipment terminal.While the consortium has asked for a Rs 480 Crore operations grant … Continue reading

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Vizhinjam’s delays, Mad Projects’ Quick Progress!

In the last couple of weeks, there has been a frenzy of activity in Thiruvananthapuram over a handful of infrastructure projects that could theoretically add up to over Rs 1,30,000 Crores of investment. Ordinarily, this would be mind-blowing news for … Continue reading

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A Better Solution for High-Speed on Rails

Following on from the abundance of feedback received from many of you on the HSR question, here is an attempt at a pragmatic, cost-efficient and future-proof to introduce high-speed rail transportation to Kerala. Read More

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