Smart City Projects Lagging, Many Of Them Yet To Take Off, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

June 24, 2023

KOCHI: Even after six years since its inception, Cochin Smart Mission Limited (CSML) has been unable to complete several works undertaken by it. The construction of walkways, multilevel car-parking, and the renovation of various roads, etc are some of the key projects which are in limbo.

According to project officials, the deadline for completing the projects undertaken by the CSML has been extended to July 2023. Some projects are yet to even commence. The CSML had proposed multilevel car-parking facilities in various locations and one such facility was proposed at Kacheripady. Later, it was scrapped. Now, the authorities are planning to construct the facility at another location.

“The corporation authorities have allotted land near Ernakulam market to set up a multilevel car parking facility where around 120 cars can be parked. We also have plans to set up another facility on the Marine Drive. We would set up more such facilities provided we get land,” a top official with the CSML said.

Similarly, the CSML had designed a project to construct a vacuum sewer plant to cater to the needs of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry areas. It had to be terminated after local residents objected to it citing the possibility of foul smell emanating from the plant. Later, the CSML authorities designed a transport hub for the central business district (CBD) area in the city so that the funds allotted for the sewer project can be used for it. But the project, which aims at enhancing transport facilities in the city, is yet to take off.

The construction of drainage facilities and utility ducts on the Banerji Road by CSML has been continuing for the past several months. At many points the slabs on drainage remain dislocated posing a threat to pedestrians. “We will complete the work and hand the road over to the PWD in a couple of months,” an official with the CSML said.

The CSML board had given its nod for constructing a walkway along hospital road in 2016. Later, the CSML started the work. The project was designed in such a way that passengers who get off the boats at Ernakulam ferry station can walk up to the Metro station near Maharaja’s College stadium. The project was started without conducting proper studies like land availability.

The CSML and district administration, which were very particular on getting the Ernakulam general hospital’s land for the walkway, couldn’t take over the land parcels from Ernakulam post office and the Maharaja’s College ground. As a result, the walkway has been limited to a small stretch along the general hospital area. Ironically, the hospital faces a lot of problems due to deficiency of land.

  • Published On Jun 8, 2022 at 06:00 PM IST

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