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Infrastructure development ranks high in Greater Cochin Development Authority budget for 2023-24

KOCHI: Infrastructure development and inclusive and sustainable growth took centre stage in the Greater Cochin Development Authority’s (GCDA) budget for 2023-24.

The annual budget approved by the GCDA governing council on Saturday has focussed not just on development and revenue-generating projects but also on protecting as well as restoring Kochi’s history and its natural resources.

Periyar river restoration and development project, construction of 100 modern toilets in the city, a Queen’s Bay project at Marine Drive, a naval history museum, and an advanced filmmaking centre in the city, etc are among the prominent projects announced.

GCDA chairman K Chandran Pillai said that the budget mainly focused on urban planning initiatives considering the fresh challenges of climate change, the development of open spaces in the city, and providing basic amenities such as toilets to the public. “It is also important to complete the already announced projects,” the chairman said.

GCDA will organize the second edition of ‘Bodhi Urban Conclave’ with a water conservation theme this year.

“We will prepare an action plan for Periyar River conservation as part of the conclave,” he said.

The proposal to convert the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to a multi-purpose stadium has already been submitted to the state government, said the chairman.

According to him, the works on the Kaloor-Kadavanthra Road would be completed this year itself and the renovation of the GCDA complex in Marine Drive would be carried out soon.

GCDA is also planning to develop its lab (for testing the quality of bricks and stones) as many private firms have been seeking its support for assistance in construction activities. The development works would be carried out spending Rs 10 lakh.

The budget has earmarked Rs 25 lakh for the renovation of working journalists’ colonies in the city.

GCDA will also set up EV charging stations in major centres in the city, including Marine Drive and Kaloor Stadium Junction. As much as Rs 25 lakh has been earmarked for this. Kochi’s historic Dhobi Khana would be renovated and protected under a special heritage conservation project of GCDA. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 1 crore.


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