Kochi’s priority in its plans to win the Smart City development programme envisaged by the Modi government include better urban mobility with the focus on development of water transport network.
Officials are looking at developing proposals to be presented to the Central government to clinch the projects under 100 Smart Cities programme. Their focus is on projects that required minimum land acquisition for improving transportation.
Mayor Tony Chammany said that Kochi has selected the ‘retrofit development model’ for project proposals. “As per the Union Government’s guidelines, each city selected under the Smart City Mission challenge should opt for one of the development models from the list of three- Retrofit, Redevelopment and Greenfield models,” he said.
Kochi has opted for the Retrofit model, which focuses on urban mobility and urban infrastructure betterment. The corporation has held consultations with various stakeholders to develop a proposal and concept note to be submitted before the Centre by Oct 8.
Modernised ferry service is one of the key proposals that will be submitted. Good water transport network will enhance Kochi’s overall urban mobility.
The proposal contains rejuvenation and modernisation of West Kochi area and a comprehensive development of the entire Central Business District (CBD) stretching from Durbar Hall to High Court.
An IT-driven Pan City smart solution based on a seamless Intelligent Citizen Service Platform is also proposed. It would integrate the services of the Kochi Corporation and other government departments and merge it with the Kochi Metro Rail’s proposed open loop smart card.