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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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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

Kochi City Biodiversity Index

 

The City Biodiversity Index and Illustrated Natural Asset Map of Kochi Municipal Corporation, prepared under INTERACT- Bio project was released by Hon’ble Mayor Soumini Jain.

Kochi is one the very few cities in India who have developed the City Biodiversity Index. The City Biodiversity Index of Kochi has been developed with support from ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia, through the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature conservation and Nuclear Safety supported Interact- Bio Project. The project is being implemented by ICLEI South Asia in collaboration with Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development (c-hed).

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EndeKochi Documentation Report

EnteKochi is an urban lab initiated by Kochi Municipal Corporation (KMC) jointly with GIZ under the Sustainable Urban Development – Smart Cities (SUD-SC) project. It is a multi-stakeholder participatory planning process that fostered creativity, innovation and public awareness on the issues of sustainable urban development.

EnteKochi Documentation Report :

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COVID – 19 India : Mobility Response Guidelines – By Urban Mass Transit Company Limited

Smt. Jaishree Jindel (Project Manager and National Coordinator, Urban Mass Transit Company Limited) and Sri. Tarun Choudhary (Project officer, Urban Mass Transit Company Limited) write on “COVID – 19 India : Mobility Response Guidelines”.

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COVID – 19 India : Mobility Response Guidelines

Chullickal Energy Survey Report

As a part of Solar City Project by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, a pilot energy survey was done by c-hed at Chullickal ward (division 25) of Kochi Municipal Corporation. The survey was done with the help of students from Cochin college. From the findings and observations of the survey, an energy  survey report was prepared which included a solar implementation plan for the ward and an energy saving policy. The energy survey report release was done on March 9, 2020 by the Hon’ble Mayor Soumini Jain.

Energy Survey Report – https://www.c-hed.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Chullickal-energy-survey-report.pdf