Published On:August 8 2022
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Greater Cochin Development Authority soon to boost infra sector.

Aiming to give a massive boost to the infrastructure sector of the city, the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) will prepare a comprehensive master plan for the infrastructure development.

As part of preparing the action plan the authority would organize a National Urban Conclave in Kochi in September, with the support of various urban development bodies across the country. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, NITI Aayog CEO Parameshwaran Iyer, MPs, MLAs and other experts will attend various sessions discussing the master plan.

Explaining various projects and action plans to be discussed in the two-day conclave, GCDA chairman K Chandranpillai said here on Thursday that an updated master plan would be formulated through a detailed discussion of experts from various sectors.

He said that an economic city would be developed along with the proposed ring road. “We are planning to construct an eight-lane road and we need support from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for implementing such a big project with huge investment,” he said.

Chandranpillai said an action plan would be readied soon Marine Drive expansion project. “We have to sort out the complexities including the CRZ issues and the land acquisition while preparing the detailed project report,” he said.

He said the existing official mechanism is a big failure in effectively managing the sewage treatment in the city and the alarming level of the e-coli bacteria in the waterbodies also should be addressed along with this and GCDA would be converted to a mega waste management body.

He said the conclave would discuss the projects focusing sports sector and the details would be announced soon. “We have to formulate a parking policy within four months,” he said, adding that the authority would intervene to establish a hub for freight vehicles in the city.

“The conclave would also give focus on IT sector development,” the chairman said.

The proposals of various agencies which function in the domain of urban development of Kochi, such as GCDA, Kochi corporation, Cochin Smart Mission Ltd (CSML), Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) and Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB), would be discussed in the ‘Future of Kochi’ session in the conclave.

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