The city of Cochin is witnessing the great shift towards a metro city with its infrastructure boom and transport projects. With the commencement of many major projects, the focus has shifted to providing seamless and sustainable accessibility and connectivity through integration of transport systems. The challenge lies in understanding the opportunities and constraints and visualizing the transport requirements to plan for better implementation.
In this regard a Mapping and Implementation Workshop was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Mayor Shri.Tony Chammany and organised by c-hed.The workshop debated on the major shortcomings in urban transport connectivity and involved the exercise of identifying areas with poor connectivity in the Central Business District area. As a result a grid was prepared led by Ms. Susan Zielinski, Managing Director, SMART, University of Michigan.
Participants in the workshop, including Kochi Municipal Corporation chairman, councilors, representative of residents associations and civic experts, attended the exercise of identifying the connectivity in the specified area.
The city of Cochin and the city of Kumla(Sweden), has entered into a long-term self-sustaining relation through Municipal Partnership Program, as a result of the match making conference held in the city organized by ICLD, Swedish International Center for Local Democracy and Swedish Embassy. The city of Cochin had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Municipality of Kumla to co-operate in the fields of Sustainable Development in water and waste management, IT Development, Education with emphasis on School Exchange Program and Public Space Beautification.
As part of this association a five member delegation from Kumla, including their Mayor Katarina Hansson was in the city, as a part of the feasibility study for three-year long projects that can be carried out between Cochin and Kumla. During their stay in the city, they visited Water Treatment Plants at Aluva and Maradu, sewerage treatment plant at Elamkulam, Brahmapuram Solid Waste Treatment plant, Infopark and Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL).
The Municipality of Kumla has expressed their deep interest in the various investment opportunities in Cochin and also cooperate on the various sectors identified for mutual cooperation.