In an initiative to address Kochi’s infrastructure development, the state government has authorised ‘Better Kochi Response Group’ (BKRG), a city-based NGO, to co-ordinate the PWD infrastructure activities in the city.
Construction of four flyovers in Kochi will be given priority, said BKRG president S Gopakumar. “We have been asked to oversee the planning of new alignments and land acquisition initiatives. As a body of experts, BKRG can analyse planning, specifications and timely completion,” he said.
The PWD has been asked to provide inputs on proposed projects in the city. Based on the received information, a scientific committee will be formed to verify various aspects of the projects. “We have identified issues like lack of green space and need for proper footpaths and drainage. These will be crucial for the development projects to be implemented in the city,” Gopakumar said.
To assess the progress of the activities, there will be regular monitoring and feedback verification. “Being an NGO with experts in different fields, we can ensure that files pending at various departments are moved. We have experts in various fields, who can contribute their expertise for each project,” said Kurien Mathew, project chairman, BKRG.
The NGO will take the initiative in bringing the developmental plans related to these projects before the public. This will further help in addressing people’s concerns regarding projects and implementing Transferable Development Right (TDR) in Kerala. Public can also make their suggestions through firstname.lastname@example.org, the officials said.