The aim of the study is to determine if it is possible to accommodate the predicted population in a manner that minimises the loss of agricultural land and need for cars, by developing in well-connected locations including sister towns. These will provide new housing and workplaces so that people can live close to their families and food production but still have easy access to the city.

Assuming that growth in the city continues at the same rate as it did between 2001 and 2011 of 15% per decade, the population in 2050 will be 875,000, an increase of 375,000.

Tirunelvelei ConnectedCity

Within the pedsheds of the existing stations there is potential for housing and commercial/civic/recreational facilities at average densities for 165,000 persons as follows:

In addition, possible locations for 8 new stations as shown on the illustration have the potential to accommodate a further 200,000 plus at average densities:

At average densities 99% of predicted growth until 2050 can be accommodated within 1km radius pedsheds of existing and new stations, thereby enabling sustainable growth with minimised increase in carbon footprint and traffic congestion.

At medium densities the pedsheds could house an increase of over 500,000, which would be equivalent to population growth of more than 20% per decade.

Tirunelveli ConnectedCity Proposed sites for sustainable development

Tirunelveli Junction pedshed Area of search for development sites within walkable distance from station. Tirunelveli Junction is the natural Hub for the ConnectedCity on which all public transport including bus services will focus.