KOCHI: The Kaloor-Kadavanthra (KK) stretch is the only road connecting the two metro stations at Kaloor and Kadavanthra. Recently, the Kochi Corporation decided to convert KK Road into a commercial zone after several commercial establishments came up in the region after obtaining sanction from the High Court.
However, neither the GCDA, who owns the road, nor the Corporation has brought any comprehensive remodelling plan for the stretch. ‘Express’ comes up with action plan to be implemented before making the stretch a commercial space.
No remodelling can be done without setting up ample parking space. “The civic body should ensure all commercial buildings on the stretch provide sufficient parking space.
The Corporation and the GCDA should include this in their priority list while converting KK Road into a commercial zone,” said S Gopakumar, a senior architect, who was part of many remodelling projects in the city.
While giving permission for constructing high-rise buildings, the civic body should ensure they are not located close to the road. “Buildings should be constructed at some distance from the road, aiming future development,” said Gopakumar.
Despite being boasted as the first model road in the city, KK road is still plagued by encroachments on either side. The remodelling plan should be implemented after evicting the encroachers and by paving modern footpath along the stretch.Green space
It’s essential to create sufficient green space along KK road, like the Marine Drive stretch.
What to do next?
The GCDA is planning to develop some portions of the stretch and it is ready to hand over the land to the Corporation. Though the Corporation passed a resolution in this regard in the council, no concrete step was initiated to take over the land and convert the stretch into a commercial space.
“We need to follow some procedures before declaring it as a commercial zone. A letter in this regard has to be sent to the state government. We will approach the GCDA to take over the land without much delay,” said Mayor Soumini Jain.
“As per the earlier project plan, the railway overbridge (RoB) along KK road was much wider. However, it turned out to be a narrow stretch following the interference of some vested interests.
The bridge should be widened with immediate effect, failing which no scientific development plan can be implemented on the stretch,” said Gopakumar.