The future of Kerala depends on how quick our cities adapt to meet the challenges of the globalized world. Kerala cities are just not competing with other Indian Metros in IT, Biotechnology or Tourism but to major South Asian cities as well. But lack of a planned urban vision, incompetent executive bodies, dearth of funds et al has conspired against our cities, attaching a significant weight to its legs in the road forward.
Our urban development bodies, be it the Corporation, PWD, Roads and Bridges Development Corporation or GCDA lack the vision, manpower or funds to carry out the bludgeoning needs of the urban sets. This is where a few city-oriented working groups and NGOs have stepped in, one of the notable ones being Kerala Urban Development Society. (KUDS)
KUDS is a Cochin based organization formed to offer a holistic approach to the primary peeve: urban planning and sustainable development in our cities. KUDS has in its ranks individuals, groups and Governmental organizations to devise and implement elaborate and systematic plan of action for infrastructure development with the involvement of Public and Private Partnership in Kerala and Cochin in particular.
The idea of ‘citizens working for the city’ has been successfully tried and tested everywhere in the world. With some very high profile members like Mercy Williams (Cochin Mayor), EC Jose (Chairman, Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry)and D. Dhanuraj (Chairman, CPPR) adorning their ranks, KUDS plan to include the expertise from NRIs, professionals and corporates during various phases of job execution.
Only a few months into its formation, KUDS has already envisaged and implemented a few notable projects which could be pivotal for the Queen. The Vytilla Mobililty Hub is heading towards realization, thanks also to the efforts of Mr. Dhanuraj, by influencing the power circles in the state and nation capitals.
Vytilla Mobility Hub Phase I
As a follow-up to the Vytilla terminal, KUDS now has now teamed up with leading architects like Ajith Associates, planning minor satellite hubs by rearranging bus-stops with integrated mobility and also the MG Road walking plaza.
Exploring environmentally friendly energy sources is one area KUDS concentrate. Making Cochin Kerala’s first solar-city is an ambitious programme undertaken by the Corporation in association with KUDS. The main aim of the project is to power the city and promote increased use of renewable energy. Initially, solar lights will be installed at public places including Subhash Chandra Bose Park, Fort Kochi Nehru Park, Kunnara Park, Fort Kochi beach and Jankar Jetty. Early this year KUDS planned and organized a public presentation about a Enviromental and Ecofriendly energy concept in association with Synergy Environics. (details of all activities on KUDS website)
from KUDS/ Synergy Environics presentation
KUDS vision for a better urban tomorrow doesn’t end with plan of action. In order to validate the way they function, KUDS visualises to take up activities like:
- award to the public works contractor who implements projects in an exceptional manner adhering to international standards.
- organize ‘city-vision’ events in professional colleges and schools.
- Infrastructure-watch website to allow users to report issues with the problems in locality.
- create opportunity for contractor training with participation and invitations from other world-city planners.
Apart from illustrious office bearers and members, KUDS open their doors to NRIs, PIOs, Corporate representatives, students and professionals or anyone with a social responsibility and dedication to enrol in the team and pitch in for the welfare of the community we live in.
KUDS devises an elaborate and systematic plan of action for infrastructure development with the involvement of Public and Private Partnership in Kerala and Cochin in particular. From city beautification to planning and design, ecotourism to heritage conservation, provision of Wi-max connectivity to integration of GPS technology in social lifestyle, KUDS possesses the expertise to machinate executable proposals for projects in association with various Governmental and non-governmental organizations.
KUDS provides the right platform for citizens who are genuinely concerned about their city and obliges dutifully to give back to the city which has helped them in formatting their life and careers. For more details kindly contact:
Mr. Anup Joachim. T.
Secretary, Kerala Urban Development Society
I Floor, T. K. Towers, Pullepady Jn
Mobile: (0091) 95440 44440
(0091) 98099 09990
Facebook: KUDS India