Author Archives: Ched Cochin

Mullassery Canal Project – Team visit

Ms. Teresa Kerber, the Project Manager for SUD-SC Phase II project of GIZ visited Kochi to meet with the Hon’ble Mayor and Dr. Rajan Chedambath, Director, c-hed. She was accompanid by Ms. Charlotte Pusch, GIZ, Ms. Fathim Rashna, GIZ, Mr. Esakkiraj S, GIZ. The team also visited the Ente Kochi Urban Design Competition site – the Mullassery canal, post the discussions.

Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative (MGI) – Sustainable Neighbourhood project – Site Visit and Stakeholder Workshop

 

As part of the ongoing Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative (MGI) – Sustainable Neighbourhood project, the project team from Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), Stuttgart, University of Stuttgart, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) visited Kochi. The team along with the c-hed visited the project area at Elamakkara North division (Division 33), Puthukkalavattam division (Division 34) and the Government Higher Secondary School, Elamakkara to evaluate the interventions identified for implementation in this area.

Following this, a stakeholder consultation workshop was held. Stakeholders from various departments like Kerala Water Authority, Kerala State Electricity Board, ANERT, division councillor, Kochi Municipal Corporation officials, representatives from Government Higher Secondary School, Elamakkara and residence associations attended the workshop. The technical team from Fraunhofer Institute presented the project ideas. The session ended with a group exercise where the stakeholders shared their views and opinions on different interventions proposed.

 

MANUAL: How to conduct an Urban Design Competition- The Case of EnteKochi

This publication “MANUAL: How to conduct an Urban Design Competition- The Case of EnteKochi” is developed by the Kochi Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development (c-hed) Kochi, in collaboration with GIZ India, as part of the “Sustainable Urban Development-Smart Cities” (SUD-SC) project.

This manual is a step-by-step guide to conduct an Urban Design Competition (UDC) for local administrations, planning practitioners and academia and is based on specific experiences from the city of Kochi.

The SUD-SC project is part of the Indo-German Development Cooperation supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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TUMI – WAY FINDING SIGNAGES INAUGURATION

Kochi Ithile way finding signage project was created based on Reimagining Fort Kochi
Proposal and and Transport Strategy document by SMART-SUT for West Kochi Island with
partners including Kochi Municipal Corporation, Centre for Heritage, Environment and
Development (C-HED), and GIZ India , through the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative
(TUMI), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

The Way finding signages developed through a consultative process aims to provide
localized information both for locals as well as tourists. This information can be beyond the
architectural and heritage landmarks and can also address the local landmarks, public
spaces, activity generators and other aspects which the locals and tourist associate to. This
will be developed as large panel format and will include information both in Malayalam as
well as in English (if possible, also braille and audio will be offered).

The way finding signages were inaugurated by the Hon’ble Kochi MLA Shri. K.J. Maxy presided by the Hon’ble Mayor of Kochi Municipal Corporation Adv. M. Anilkumar in presence of Standing committee chairs, Councillors, and other officials.

KAWAKI PROJECT INAUGURATION

Nature Based Solutions is one of the few important verticals in which Kochi Municipal Corporation is focused on. In this regard Kochi Municipal Corporation is launching the KAVAKI initiative, which focuses on increasing the cities green cover by developing urban grooves of native trees in a data-based approach focusing on the most heat stress vulnerable regions.

The Initiative is supported by the world Cities4Forests movement, a collaboration of over 80 cities from around the world of which Kochi is the flag bearer from India. World Resources Institute India (WRI-India) and Centre for Heritage, Environment & Development (C-HED) together provides the technical support for this initiative.

KAWAKI initiative was inaugurated today at Edward Memorial Government School, Veli, Fort Kochi by the Hon’ble Kochi MLA Shri. K.J. Maxy presided by the Hon’ble Mayor of Kochi Municipal Corporation Adv. M. Anilkumar in presence of Standing committee chairs, Councillors and other officials.

CYCLE WITH KOCHI

Cycle with Kochi was another step to bring together various cycling clubs to participate in a group cycle ride and motivate citizens to participate in the Cycle with Kochi project. Hon. Mayor of Kochi, M Anil Kumar graced the occasion and felicitated the Cycling Clubs Admins for pledging their support. Firoza Suresh Cyc Firoza Bicycle Mayor of Mumbai, and Swapna Ann Wilson, Technical Expert Smart-Sut spoke about the Bicycle Champions program and other strategies.

This project is spearheaded by the Kochi Municipal Corporation in collaboration with Cochin Smart City -CSML for Centre for Heritage, Environment & Development. It is technically supported by Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development and Sustainable Urban Transport Systems for Smart Cities in India (SMART-SUT) as part of the GIZ led Transport Strategy Document developed by Kochi Municipal Corporation under SMART-SUT.

The city of Kochi is an important place of employment for migrant workers in Kerala. The migrant workers in any urban centre are often forced to live in unhygienic and unsafe conditions. The case to some extent in Kochi is the same. They are often denied the access to safe and fair accommodation in the city.

In this regard, the Kochi Municipal Corporation decided to prepare and implement a comprehensive plan to address the housing crisis of migrant workers in the city. With an aim to ensure that no one is left behind or homeless, the Kochi Municipal Corporation introduced ‘Rapid Response Policy Engagement – Affordable Rental Housing for Internal Migrant’ project in its annual Budget for the year 2021-22. The aim was to engage with relevant stakeholders to collectively devise a policy for ensuring access to affordable rental housing for internal migrants in Kochi. The project was spearheaded by the Kochi Municipal Corporation with the technical support of the University of Reading, United Kingdom and coordinated by the Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development (c-hed) in association with the Centre for Migration and Inclusive Development (CMID).

The policy document prepared as part of the project was presented to the Kochi Municipal Corporation on September 03, 2021 . Prof. Angelique Chettiparamb of Reading University handed over the policy document to Mayor Adv. M. Anilkumar. The function was attended by Deputy Mayor, various Standing Committee chairs, Councillors and Kochi Municipal Corporation officials.

Setting up of Integrated Support Platform for Women Entrepreneurship in Kochi

Empowering women is essential to the health and social development of families, communities and cities. With an emphasis on the economic and social upliftment and security of women, Kochi Municipal Corporation with the support of GIZ India launched the Women Entrepreneurship Project ‘Venture Initiation Program – Women (VIP: Women)’under the SDG and Governance component of the SUD-SC. The objectives of the platform are to support the women entrepreneurs to create and innovate projects and develop their businesses and handhold them through their entrepreneurial journey. For the city, the innovation centre/cell would ideate, come up with solutions, evaluate and implement to resolves the issues and challenges. The project is being implemented in Kochi with the technical support of IIMK Live (Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, Laboratory for Innovation Venturing and Entrepreneurship) under the coordinated of c-hed.

The pilot program is part of the proposed project to design and develop Integrated Support Platform for Women Entrepreneurship (IPWE) in Kochi. As part of this program, it is proposed to provide entrepreneurial support and services to nurture and develop the ideas of three selected women entrepreneurs into products/services through business ventures. As a pilot phase, three women entrepreneurship projects will be selected through a six week program.

The project was officially launched by the Hon’ble Mayor of Kochi Adv. M. Anil Kumar on August 13, 2021.

 

TRAINING PROGRAMME ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN PLANNING

The Kochi Municipal Corporation and the Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development (C-HED) in partnership with CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), CEPT University, Ahmedabad with the support of the GIZ India organized an online training programme on ‘Sustainable Urban Planning’ on two consecutive days for government officials and professionals engaged with the urban development sector in Kochi and Kerala. 

In India, as far as urban planning is concerned, the regulatory, governance framework, institutional arrangements and planning process varies significantly across its states. Since there are challenges pertaining to effective co-ordination between departments and limited inter-sectoral integration in urban plans, it has become imperative to devise a ‘sustainable’ approach to planning cities that ensures effective and timely implementation of plans. Addressing urban planning at various scales, will contribute to the progress towards the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities’. Further, the Kochi Municipal Corporation proposes to prepare a Master Plan for the Greater Kochi Area. It is in this context that the training programme attains importance. It also constitutes a preparatory step to equipping the Kochi Municipal Corporation and associated agencies with knowledge and skills to drive the preparation of the Master Plan and Detailed Town Planning schemes.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Hon Mayor Adv M. Anil Kumar. Ms. Sarada Muraleedharan, Additional Chief Secretary LSGD, Govt of Kerala was the Chief Guest. “It is the Urban Local Body which must take the prime responsibility for the preparation of a state-of-the-art Master Plan / Town Planning schemes.  I am happy that all agencies involved in the development of KMC are participating in this programme on Sustainable Urban Planning’. We are grateful for the invaluable support provided by CEPT and the GIZ India” -Adv M. Anil Kumar, Hon’ble Mayor, Kochi Municipal Corporation. “I congratulate the Kochi Municipal Corporation for organizing this important programme on Sustainable Urban Planning. Kochi may emerge as the first local body that will potentially plan for a metropolitan area, and it is important that we develop the capacity to address various challenges and plan for a sustainable and resilient Kochi and demonstrate better quality of life, aesthetics and equity for citizens “. – Ms. Sarada Muraleedharan IAS, ACS LSGD, Government of Kerala and Chief Guest . Ms. Aparna Das of GIZ India provided an overview of the Smart Urban Development and Smart City initiative and wished the workshop all success. 

The training covered contemporary and emerging practices, models and approaches in sustainable urban planning nationally and globally. Policy Issues in Urban Planning, Urban Planning in the Post Pandemic Context, Institutional Aspects of Sustainable Urban Planning, State of the Art Tools for Urban Planning including Data and Surveys, Development Planning, Local Area Planning and Inclusionary Zoning and concepts and practice of Livable Urbanism and Nature Based Solutions were also covered. 120 participants representing the Kochi Municipal Corporation, CSML, Kochi Water Metro, GCDA, Kerala State Town and Country Planning Dept, KILA, KSDMA, NIT, academicians, urban sector professionals and researchers attended the training programme.

 
 
 

Strategic Action Plans for Rental Housing for Internal Migrants in Kochi Municipal Corporation

The city of Kochi is an important place of employment for migrant workers in Kerala. Workers from Tamil Nadu have been living and working in the city for decades. In addition, workers from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and many more can be found in the city today. The migrant workers in any urban centre are often forced to live in unhygienic and unsafe conditions. The case to some extent in Kochi is the same. They are often denied the access to safe and fair accommodation in the city.

In this regard, the Kochi Municipal Corporation decided to prepare and implement a comprehensive plan to address the housing crisis of migrant workers in the city. With an aim to ensure that no one is left behind or homeless, the Kochi Municipal Corporation introduced ‘Rapid Response Policy Engagement – Affordable Rental Housing for Internal Migrant’ project in its annual Budget for the year 2021-22. The aim was to engage with relevant stakeholders to collectively devise a policy for ensuring access to affordable rental housing for internal migrants in Kochi. The project was spearheaded by the Kochi Municipal Corporation with the technical support of the University of Reading, United Kingdom and coordinated by the Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development (c-hed) in association with the Centre for Migration and Inclusive Development (CMID).

The strategic action plan prepared as part of the project is given below,

Strategic Action Plans for Rental Housing for Internal Migrants in Kochi Municipal Corporation