The city of Thiruvananthapuram, the abode of Lord Padmanabha and the capital of many Royal Kings and the Capital city of the state of Kerala is a very beautiful city with its enchanting beaches. Buildings nestling against coconut palms, royal palaces, monuments recognized as marvels in architecture with its equitable climate and natural abundance of forests has gained importance in the national and international arena not only as the dream tourist destination but also as the centre of knowledge and alternative information system hub of the country. Easy accessibility and better connectivity with the rest of the world has made it a commercial and tourist gateway to the state. All of us desire that this prime city should grow in an orderly manner and remain a pleasant and healthy place to live in. This desire can materialize only by proper planning. The above purpose can be achieved only by preparing long term plans for the growth and development of Thiruvananthapuram and guiding the development activities along those lines. Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority (TRIDA) is constituted for the implementation of planned and scientific development of Thiruvananthapuram city and adjoining area. The jurisdiction of the Authority extends to the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation and 10 surrounding Panchayaths TRIDA was constituted in the year 1980 under section 53 A of the Travancore Town Planning Act 1108 (IV of 1108) as per GO (MS) 111/1980/LA & SWD dt.15/05/1980.
Government of Kerala has decided that the TRIDA shall be the agency responsible for the long term planning and development of Thiruvananthapuram city and as a statutory authority in the place of trust under the provisions of section 53 (A) of the Town Planning Act 1108. The primary object of constituting TRIDA is to look after the smooth and orderly implementation of the sanctioned master plan for Thiruvananthapuram. Besides it also takes implementation of various detailed Town Planning schemes.
Its main function is the preparation of Town Planning Schemes in consultation with the State Town and Country Planning Department within its area of jurisdiction and for implementing the proposals contained in the schemes. TRIDA also controls the developmental activities in the region to ensure that it is in a planned and scientific manner. This results to an integrated development of the area. The main tool for carrying out this function in an orderly manner is the sanctioned Master Plan for Thiruvananthapuram. The Authority has been vested with ample powers under the Act and Rules for the proper discharge of these functions.
Thiruvananthapuram Corporation is the major urban centre and the area of jurisdiction of the Development Authority includes area of TVPM Corporation and Ten Panchayaths surrounding the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation.