'A Different Kochi by Next Christmas' - The New Indian Express

'A Different Kochi by Next Christmas'

Published: 25th December 2013 09:42 AM

Last Updated: 25th December 2013 09:42 AM

On December 25, the district heads have much more to say than the ceremonial ‘Happy Christmas’ message to Kochiites. While Hibi Eden MLA cautions against accidents related to drunk driving, the more imaginative GCDA Chairman

N Venugopal promises that Kochi won’t be the same by next Christmas.

Say ‘No’ to Drunk Driving

“Please don’t drink and drive for this Christmas,” said Hibi Eden to ‘City Express’. “Each year, accidents are on the rise during holidays, with drunk driving being the major reason. So let’s decide not to drive in an inebriated state for this Christmas even if you take a few drinks. Beware, the police will be on their toes on the streets on Xmas Day,” said Hibi Eden.

A Slew of Promises

Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) Chairman N Venugopal chose to slightly adapt the quotidian dialogue from the super-hit movie ‘Big B’ for Kochiites for this Christmas: “Kochi won’t be the same by next Christmas,” promised Venugopal. The reason behind this is that the GCDA plans to introduce a number of projects in 2014.

“Many projects initiated by GCDA are in the pipeline for Kochi in 2014. This will give the city a facelift. Works for the laser show project will begin by next January. Within six months into 2014, works for the bund road will begin. Almost 80 per cent of the exhibition project will be completed in the next year itself. The international aquarium project will also be presented to the city in 2014. So my message is that Kochi won’t be the same by next Christmas,” said Venugopal. He added that he expects more support from people for these development schemes.

Going Out? Inform Police

On the eve of Christmas, where celebrations were running high in every nook and corner of the city, perhaps the only one who is a bit gloomy is District Police Commissioner K G James. He has a genuine reason for it, says K G James.

“We always advise people to inform the nearest police station if they happen to go out of the city during holidays. However, it turns out that people do everything but inform the police. Leaving the lights switched on and newspapers lying on the porch signal their absence to burglars. Very few people inform the police,” he said.

But the Police is on high alert this Christmas. “We convened a special meeting with residents associations on December 14 to take proactive steps in order to prevent theft and crimes. A special scheme has been drawn to provide more security to the city on Christmas and New Year. Vehicle checking will be made more strict, anti-social elements will be tracked and more policemen will be deployed in mufti at crowded places like malls, beaches and major roads,” said K G James.

But don’t forget to have a merry Christmas, he said.

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