KOCHI: As Kochi becomes more and more populated, the Department of Land and City Planning and the Kochi Corporation plan to make maximum use of the free spaces available in the city.
A meeting, convened by the local body and attended by planning and land use officials, decided on Tuesday to convene a meeting of all councilors from the boundary of the society to identify open spaces.

This decision is part of the formulation of a master plan for the Kochi company under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) program.
The planning department has identified open spaces, both on private and public land, as Kochi faces many problems in implementing projects that require open spaces. Most of the spaces have been identified in the West Kochi area.
The councilors meeting is to identify ownership of these open spaces and how the space can be developed based on the requirement.
“We identified vacant spaces using satellite images. We need to identify the owners. Elected officials can also propose suitable projects to be implemented in these spaces. If open public space is not available, we will have to use private spaces for the implementation of the projects. But we will keep environmentally sensitive areas as they are without any intervention,” a planning official said.
The master plan, focused on 20 years, gives impetus to heritage tourism, backwater tourism, environment, transport, commercial activities, especially for the service sector, IT and erosion Marine.
“According to study reports, many parts of Kochi City will be drowned due to sea erosion in the future. The master plan gives impetus to disaster management in the face of sea erosion. We have considered projects in many areas but we have yet to finalize it. We have three months to finalize the master plan and we should have it completed by June, depending on input from local body councillors,” said the responsible.
“There is no vacant land available in the city for carrying out various projects. When elected officials identify vacant land within their boundaries, we can start projects, including the creation of KWA drinking water stations, commercial activity, sewage treatment plants or playgrounds, as needed. If only private vacant land is available in the area, we will consider whether the local body can acquire it by donating money to the owner,” a company official said.
As the population is aging rapidly and children do not have enough open spaces in the urban area, the need for green, child-friendly and elderly-friendly spaces is increasing day by day.